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Just a week or so ago was the 10th anniversary of the final game the Expos played in Montreal. Bo Jackson White Sox Jersey . There are many reasons the team wound up leaving town for Washington, starting with the strike/lockout of 1994 when the Expos had the best record in the Majors only to see the season shut down in mid-August and the World Series cancelled. You can throw in lack of post-season appearances (one) and a relatively fan unfriendly stadium in the wrong part of town and an ownership at the end that wasnt committed or couldnt afford to keep a very good team together. But I discovered something over the weekend that might have profoundly changed the history, and ultimately the future, of the Expos franchise: the 1971 draft. In 1971, the Chicago White Sox lead off the draft by selecting catcher Danny Goodwin, who never really panned out at the Big League level. The Expos, picking fourth overall, chose a short stop out of Tennessee by the name of Condredge Holloway. Condredge was not only an outstanding baseball player, a sport he actually preferred, but also an excellent quarterback. His parents were committed to seeing him get an education and his mother refused to sign his contract with the Expos. Condredge went on to play baseball and football at the University of Tennessee, where he excelled at both sports. He was actually the first African American to play quarterback in the Southeast Conference. Holloway ultimately chose football for his pro career and after being drafted by New England as a defencive back, opted for the CFL and landed in Ottawa. Later on, he was named Most Outstanding Player in the CFL with the Argos in 1982 and along with Joe Barnes, helped the Argos to a drought-ending Grey Cup victory in that 82 season. In 1999, he was named to the CFL Hall of Fame. On more than one occasion, Holloway spoke of what might have happened if he had chosen baseball and favourably compared himself to Brewers Hall of Fame shortstop, Robin Yount. The Expos would never know, but to compound their problems with that first round in 1971, fire-balling lefty Frank Tanana went 13th overall to the Angels and left field slugger and future Hall of Famer Jim Rice went 15th to the Boston Red Sox. So, Montreal effectively struck out in the first round. But that wasnt the end of it. In the second round of the 1971 draft, the Expos chose left hand starting pitcher Dan Warthen. His career flamed out pretty quickly. Warthen went 12-21 with a 4.31 ERA and his days in the Majors were over at 25, though he has gone on to be a successful pitching coach and his currently with the New York Mets, who may have the best flock of young arms in the business. But back to the matter at hand. Kansas City had the number five pick in that second round in 71 and chose a young shortstop who would later become a Hall of Fame 3B in George Brett, one of the greatest pure hitters the game has ever seen. Right after that selection, the Phillies chose another shortstop, who like Brett would become a Hall of Fame third baseman and Expos Killer Mike Schmidt, who had tremendous power and played gold glove defence at the hot corner. So lets recap. The Expos ended up with little or nothing in Holloway and Warthen, and could have had two of the following four; Frank Tanana, Jim Rice, George Brett or Mike Schmidt. Three of those four turned into Hall of Famers. Schmidt won a World Series over Brett and the Royals in 1980 and Brett and company beat St. Louis in the 1985 Fall Classic. You cant tell me with Rice and Brett or Rice and Schmidt, the Expos wouldnt have won at least one World Series and that could have changed the course of history for Canadas first Major League team. When you look at the current Kansas City Royals who are just two victories away from going to their second World Series, you can pinpoint a three year span of drafting as being instrumental to their success. In 2005, they took 3B Alex Gordon, now their left fielder number two overall. In 2007, 3B Mike Moustakas went number two and in 2008 1B Eric Hosmer went number three overall. Rising prospect Christian Colon went number four in Round 1 in 2010 and lefty reliever Brandon Finnegan, whos in their pen right now, was taken at number 14 this year. The Philadelphia Inquirer made an interesting point the other day. A Major League all-star game hasnt been played in a multipurpose stadium since it was held at the old Veterans Stadium in 1996. So you can basically count out Rogers Centre at least until the Argos are gone and natural grass is finally installed. This season, former Blue Jays utility outfielder Rajai Davis stole 35 bases for the Tigers. Thats more than they stole as an entire team in 2013. Jon Lester Cubs Jersey . Dane Dobbie and Shawn Evans each had two goals and two assists for the Roughnecks (8-5), who outscored Minnesota 6-2 in the fourth quarter after being tied through 45 minutes. Curtis Dickson scored once and set up three more for Calgary and Dan MacRae, Geoff Snider, Tor Reinholdt, Karsen Leung and Matthew Dinsdale. Ernie Banks Cubs Jersey . -- Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias says he has stress fractures in both legs and isnt sure when hell be able to play again, leaving the Tigers two weeks to fill his spot for opening day and perhaps a lot longer. http://www.cheapjerseysour.us.com/cubs-28-kyle-hendricks-green-salute-to-service-stitched-mlb-jersey-18-tt.html . The whole deflation of New England Patriots footballs is like a murder mystery without the violence or significance. On one side, this is a ridiculous issue.Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Duron Carters 23-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was the difference, as the Montreal Alouettes clinched a playoff berth with a 17-14 decision over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday, their sixth consecutive win. Jonathan Crompton finished just 13-of-26 for 251 yards for the Alouettes (9-8), while Carter recorded career highs of 181 yards and 11 receptions, including the winning score. I should have had more. I felt I had played a bad game, but were finally a good team heading into the playoffs, Carter said. It feels like a completely different season from the first half of the schedule. Were on the high road now and we feel great. Tyrell Sutton added 135 yards and a TD on 23 carries for Montreal, which can win the East Division by beating Hamilton in next weeks regular-season finale. Ricky Ray was 26-of-35 for 209 yards for the Argonauts (7-10), while Steve Slaton contributed 55 yards rushing on 13 tries and nine catches for 52 yards in defeat. Toronto needs to beat Ottawa and have Montreal beat Hamilton in order to reach the postseason. Crompton connected with Carter for a 23-yard touchdown and the Alouettes moved ahead by a 117-14 score with just over five minutes left in the contest. Hanley Ramirez Red Sox Jersey. The Argos chances to come back took a hit with 2:38 to play when Ray exited with a suspected shoulder injury. The turning point in the game was that third quarter. We were only able to manage a field goal when we had the wind at our backs, said Argos coach Scott Milanovich. We had good field position a couple times as well. Swayze Waters 21-yard field goal was the lone score of the opening quarter. Montreal had moved Sean Whyte into range on its initial possession, but he pushed a 45-yard try wide right. Suttons 17-yard scamper early in the second pushed the hosts in front 7-3, then a single and a Mitchell Gale pass to Mike Bradwell from one-yard out gave the Argos an 11-7 edge just before halftime. Waters connected from 25 yards out in the third and the Argos took a seven- point lead. Whyte booted a 45-yard field goal early in the fourth and the Als were within 14-10. Game Notes S.J. Green added 63 yards on a pair of receptions for Montreal ... Trevor Harris subbed for Ray and finished the game 1-of-4 for eight yards ... Torontos Chad Owens posted nine catches for 54 yards. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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