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    Diverting Destiny: 1994 Expos

    January 1994


    "...and so he swept her into his powerful embrace. She struggled, but not very hard, for she could no longer imagine a life without the barbarian's direct way of looking at life as opposed to the subtle nuances of the court where she'd been raised. Proud and willful, she turned her head away as he growled and leaned closer, lips brushing her ear and uttered the words every woman longed to hear..."

    "Honey? Have you seen my tie?"

    Kelly Mack looked up from her computer and spun. "You know not to disturb me when I'm writing!" She frowned. "What are you getting dressed up for?"

    John 'Cat' Mack, one time Cardinal GM and now the head of Player Development for the Montreal Expos, searched his blue sportcoat and pulled it from a pocket. "Ha!" He turned to the bureau mirror and began tying. "Oh, Claude asked to see me. He didn't say why."

    "But it must be ten degrees out! Sorry, negative twelve." She didn't care for the cold, and liked the metric system even less. She hadn't quite forgiven him for not joining the expansion Florida Marlins last year.

    "Honey, if the team owner wants to see me, I should go."

    "It's January! Spring training won't even start for another month! What could he want?"

    Mack kissed his wife of eleven years. "I'll be back when I can."

    *******

    "John! Come in!" Claude Brochu rose from his chair. A native Quebecois, he spoke English with a thick accent, so 'John' came out as 'Zahn.' Brochu was forty-nine, a good looking man with greying hair in a nice suit. "I am sorry to have made you wait. I did not expect you so soon. I hope all is well?"

    "Good, thank you. I came as soon as you called."

    "Very good, John. Very good. Will you not have a drink?"

    They drank and talked about family and friends, the Expos finishing second last year to the Phillies, divisional realignment, and growing antipathy between Acting Commissioner Selig and MLBPA President Donald Fehr.

    "This Selig, he nearly destroyed the American League with his plans to contract in 1980, and now he is once more attempting to start something he may not be able to finish," Brochu said.

    Mack nodded. As first California then Cleveland cancelled plans to leave, so the 'need' to contract subsided. American League owners almost did it anyway, just to oust the Milwaukee Brewers and their overly vocal owner, but finally decided the best interests of baseball lay elsewhere.

    "But I did not bring you here in this cold to discuss politics, vicious as it oft is. I wished to inform you that Monsieur Duquette is no longer with the organization."

    "What happened!?"

    "I believe the Red Sox made him an offer he can't refuse?" Dan Duquette, general manager since 1991, was a Massachusetts native and jumped at the chance to go home and manage a big market team. Brochu leaned back and watched Mack's face closely. "What do you think of this?"

    Mack shook his head. "Well, it's always bad to leave mid-contract, but best of luck I suppose. Does this mean I answer to Kevin now?" Kevin Malone was the Assistant GM and Scouting Director.

    "No, monsieur. No. Monsieur Malone is a worthy candidate, but he is inexperienced and with our team so close to a division win, and the messiness with the players union? Non. Now is not the time to train. Now I do have someone in mind. An experienced manager, one who led his team to the series twice and won once."

    Mack tried to remember teams that fit that description. Oakland won the Series in 1989, but also played in 1988 and 1990.. Who GMed back then?

    Brochu couldn't decide if his guest was being modest or forgetful. "You, monsieur. The Cardinals, they lost to the Red Sox in 1979, and beat the Brewers in 1982? That is so?"

    Mack looked away. "Yes, but you know August Busch fired me after that."

    "Oui, he thought you were too eager to keep the team you had and so spent his money unwisely. Perhaps this is so, but I am willing to take the chance. The position is yours."

    *******


    Hello. Let's hope the .mog file doesn't corrupt this time. Grr...

    This will be a Montreal Expos dynasty, starting in 1994. Like "Cardinal" was starting to head before .. :grumble: .. the baseball leagues and entire universe might change before we're done.

    This dynasty assumes the events of "Cardinal" happened, but that in the intervening years (1979-1993) baseball returned to the 'original timeline.' Therefore if you haven't read 'Cardinal,' don't worry. Other than an occasional apparent error (like the Red Sox winning the Series in 1977-1978) this is the 1994 we all know and probably lived through. Baseball's just realigned into three divisions, the Marlins and Rockies are one year old, and there's a crippling strike on the horizon which hopefully our heroes can avert.

    Historically the Expos finished second in 1992 and 1993, and led the NL East when the strike shut down baseball in 1994. Many theorize they could have won the Series. Heavy costs incurred from the strike (as well as reduced revenue from lower fan turnout) obliged the Expos to hold a 'fire sale' in '95 to control payroll. The team never recovered, fan support went through the floor, and after a buyout by Major League Baseball the team moved to Washington in 2005.

    Let's see if we can do something about that...

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    The Sporting News
    1994 Baseball Preview



    NL EAST PREVIEW

    The new divisional format puts both the NL East and West champion in the same bracket. Expect a great deal of volatility as last year's champions fail and new heroes arise.


    NEW YORK METS (91-71) (1st)

    C Todd Hundley (.228 11-53 1 SB)
    1B David Segui (.273 10-60 2 with Orioles)
    2B Jeff Kent (.270 21-80 4)
    3B Bobby Bonilla (.265 34-87 3)
    SS Jose Vizcaino (.287 4-54 12 with Cubs)
    LF Joe Orsulak (.284 8-35 5)
    CF Ryan Thompson (.250 11-26 2)
    RF Jeromy Burnitz (.243 13-38 3)
    S1 Dwight Gooden (12-15 3.45 7 CG)
    CL John Franco (4-3 5.20 10 SV)

    Mets pitching underperformed last year, but Gooden and Bret Saberhagen (7-7 3.29) are poised to have great years. Jeff Kent's one of the best second basemen in the league. Despite last year's seventh place finish they have the potential to win the division.
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    ATLANTA BRAVES (82-80) (2nd-T)

    C Javy Lopez (.375 1-2 0) (16 AB)
    1B Fred McGriff (.291 37-101 5 with Padres/Braves)
    2B Mark Lemke (.252 7-49 1)
    3B Terry Pendleton (.272 17-84 5)
    SS Jeff Blauser (.305 15-73 16)
    LF David Justice (.270 40-120 3)
    CF Dave Gallagher (.274 6-28 1 with Mets)
    RF Deion Sanders (.276 6-28 19)
    S1 Greg Maddux (20-10 2.36 8 CG) - Glove Glove, Cy Young, ERA Leader
    CL Gregg Olson (0-2 1.60 29 SV with Orioles)

    Last year's NL West champions won 104 games. A strong team, with Justice and McGriff anchoring Atlanta's powerful offense while Maddux and Tom Glavine (22-6 3.20) dominate the defense. If the Mets stumble, look to Atlanta to make the playoffs.
    *******

    FLORIDA MARLINS (82-80) (2nd-T)

    C Benito Santiago (.230 13-50 10)
    1B Greg Colbrunn (.255 4-23 4 with Expos)
    2B Bret Barberie (.277 5-33 2)
    3B Gary Sheffield (.294 20-73 17 with Padres/Braves)
    SS Mario Diaz (.273 2-24 1 with Rangers)
    LF Jeff Conine (.292 12-79 2)
    CF Chuck Carr (.267 4-41 58) - Steal Leader
    RF Matias Carrillo (.255 0-3 0)
    S1 Charlie Hough (9-16 4.27 0 CG)
    CL Bryan Harvey (1-5 1.70 45 SV)

    In their first year the Marlins surprised many by not finishing last. Sheffield leads this team of overachievers, while CL Bryan Harvey's 45 saves are tenth all time for a single season (albeit third for the NL last year.)
    *******

    PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (76-86) (4th)

    C Darren Daulton (.257 24-105 5)
    1B John Kruk (.316 14-85 6)
    2B Mickey Morandini (.247 3-33 13)
    3B Dave Hollins (.273 18-93 2)
    SS Kevin Stocker (.324 2-31 5)
    LF Milt Thompson (.262 4-44 9)
    CF Lenny Dykstra (.305 19-66 37)
    RF Jim Eisenreich (.318 7-54 5)
    S1 Danny Jackson (12-11 3.77 2 CG)
    CL Doug Jones (4-10 4.54 26 SV with Astros)

    The Phils made no major changes off season - which is too bad because they overachieved. The team's beginning to age, and even the efforts of Dykstra and Jackson can't save it. The NL East Champions are going to fall hard.
    *******

    MONTREAL EXPOS (63-99) (5th)

    C Darrin Fletcher (.255 9-60 0)
    1B Randy Milligan (.299 6-36 0 with Reds/Indians)
    2B Mike Lansing (.287 3-45 23)
    3B Sean Berry (.261 14-49 12)
    SS Wil Cordero (.248 10-58 12)
    LF Moises Alou (.286 18-85 17)
    CF Marquis Grissom (.298 19-95 53) - Gold Glove
    RF Larry Walker (.265 22-86 29) - Gold Glove
    S1 Pedro Martinez (10-5 2.61 2 SV for Dodgers)
    CL John Wetteland (9-3 1.37 43 SV)

    Despite a strong season last year (94-68) the Expos this year just aren't very good. They need another year or two of seasoning. Look for strong performances by Larry Walker and Moises Alou, and a learning experience for everyone else..
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    SUMMARY:

    NL East: New York Mets (91-71)
    NL Central: Cincinnati Reds (92-70)
    NL West: San Francisco Giants (89-73)
    Wildcard: Pittsburgh Pirates (91-71)

    AL East: New York Yankees (91-71)
    AL Central: Cleveland Spiders (104-58)
    AL West: Seattle Mariners (86-76)
    Wildcard: Toronto Blue Jays (90-72)

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    Re: Diverting Destiny: 1994 Expos

    About how old is Mack?

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    Coach Owens: Mack was 28 when he took the Cardinals in 1976. He's now 46.
    *******

    Late March 1994

    "Felipe!" I walked across the field of Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach, past grunting players dressed in red and blue doing abdominal crunches in the infield. In a few hours we would host the Cubs for our final spring training game, then a week more to cut our roster down to 25 and confirm details with the National League, then...

    Felipe Alou patted his son, our left fielder, on the shoulder and headed in my direction beaming. "Cat! I was wondering if you would be about! Come to watch us crush Chicago!?"

    The Cubs were 14-6 in Spring Training, we 9-14. "Of course! Do you have a minute?"

    Alou regarded me intently then nodded. "Carry on, men!" He followed me to the dugout where I handed him my copy of The Sporting News.

    He didn't even glance down. "You wish to discuss their prediction?" He threw my paper in the garbage.

    "Yes. Fifth?"

    "I seem to remember reading you didn't worry so much about what they said when you were with the Cardinals."

    "They never predicted the Cards would finish last." I stared at him. "You and I both know they're guessing. All I want to know is if they know something I don't."

    "I would hope not. You were in charge of player development." Felipe smiled.

    I ignored the jibe. "We finished second last year. Now they..."

    "Cat, no one knows what will happen. The divisions were thrown in the air if you'll recall. They say we will finish fifth. I doubt it. The Phils and the Braves will be dangerous, yes. New York as well if they are very, very lucky. They weren't last year. Florida? The day I worry about expansion teams is the day I need to retire. The American papers always assume the Canadian teams will do poorly. Perhaps it helps them sell papers." He shrugged.

    "Then how do you see our chances?"

    "Oh we're going to win the Series," Alou replied without hesitation.

    I arched my eyebrows. "Really...?"

    "Yes." Alou smiled and turned away. "To believe any less is to guarantee you've already lost."

    *******



    1994 MONTREAL EXPOS


    (Overall/Peak) [Age] (Last Year's Stats)

    LINEUP (4/1/1994)

    1B Randy Milligan (73) [32] (.299 6-36 0 SB with Reds/Spiders)
    RF Larry Walker (93) [27] (.265 22-86 29)
    2B Mike Lansing (73/89) [25] (.287 3-45 23)
    CF Marquis Grissom (84) [26] (.298 19-95 53)
    3B Sean Berry (74) [28] (.261 14-49 12)
    LF Moises Alou (89) [27] (.286 18-85 17)
    C Darrin Fletcher (79) [27] (.255 9-60 0)
    SS Wil Cordero (80/89) [22] (.248 10-58 12)

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    BENCH

    C Lenny Webster (70/71) [29] (.198 1-8 1 for Twins)
    2B Jose Vidro (68/92) [19] (Minors)
    LF Rondell White (76/93) [22] (.260 2-15 1)
    1B Cliff Floyd (75/95) [21] (.226 1-2 0)
    LF Lou Frazier (66/67) [29] (.286 1-16 17)
    SS Juan Bell (73) [26] (.238 5-36 6 for Phillies/Brewers)

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    STARTERS

    S1 Pedro Martinez (86/92) [22] (10-5 2.61 2 SV for Dodgers)
    S2 Kirk Rueter (73/84) [23] (8-0 2.73 1 CG)
    S3 Ken Hill (86) [28] (9-7 3.23 2 CG)
    S4 Butch Henry (76/82) [25] (3-9 6.12 1 CG with Rockies/Expos)
    MU Brian Looney (63/73) [24] (0-0 3.00 0 CG)

    ********

    BULLPEN

    CL John Wetteland (77) [27] (9-3 1.37 43 SV)
    SU Jeff Fassero (80/81) [31] (12-5 2.29 1 SV)
    SR Mel Rojas (76/82) [27] (5-8 2.95 10 SV)
    SR Tim Scott (73/79) [27] (7-2 3.01 1 SV with Padres/Expos)
    MR Scott Stewart (69/76) [18] (Minors)
    LR Joey Eischen (72/84) [23] (Minors)

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    MANAGEMENT

    Owner: Claude R. Brochu (since 1987)

    GM: John Mack (first year)

    Manager: Felipe Alou (since 1992) (164-123 .571)
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    Go Expos! Make the Sporting News eat their fifth place predictions!

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    Looks like the expos will eat the dust from other NL East Teams.

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    I'm going to be looking forward to reading this one (another Canadian dynasty)!

    So do you care to give us a CV of John Mack from the years between Cardinal Sins and Diverting Destiny? The story implies that he was already a member of the Expos organization before 1994, but what happened to him between 1982 and 1994? Was he out of baseball? Had he been with the Expos 12 years? Was he a college AD? What?

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    Magnifique. I look forwars to reading this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankeesfan924 View Post
    le Magnifique. I look forwars to reading this.
    It would be just "Magnifique". Putting "le" in front of it implies that is a noun. Like saying "The Magnificent".

    *sigh* Why do people always thing putting "le" in front of something makes in more french.

    P.S. French isn't my 1st language but I comsider myself fluent in it.
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    Re: Diverting Destiny: 1994 Expos

    Also, if he was trying to put "The Mangificent", wouldn't it be La Magnifique, since Magnifique is femanine?

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    Nice! This is one I'll be very interested in following.

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    Re: Diverting Destiny: 1994 Expos

    Normally, adjectives change form according to the gender of the noun they modify. However, since "magnifique" ends with a silent "e", it remains written the same regardless of the noun it modifies.

    Since the (understood) noun is masculine, it becomes "Le Magnifique". In this case, the "the" being referred to is a male. If the GM was feminine, she would be called "La Magnifique".

    At least, that's how I understand it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petrel View Post
    Normally, adjectives change form according to the gender of the noun they modify. However, since "magnifique" ends with a silent "e", it remains written the same regardless of the noun it modifies.

    Since the (understood) noun is masculine, it becomes "Le Magnifique". In this case, the "the" being referred to is a male. If the GM was feminine, she would be called "La Magnifique".

    At least, that's how I understand it.

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    I haven't took french since last semester so I'll try to remember.

    In a nutshell, you're right, but you should never say "Le (or la) magnifique" without a noun that it describes.

    First off all, the adjective "Magnifique" can't be modified for gender (Masculine or Feminin). So, you can spell it the same way whether the noun it describing is masculine or feminin. (Well techinically it cann be modified, but its spelt the same)

    However, when you add the article (le or la), it changes depending on the noun. I believe the correct way to use it is "Le magnifique GM" for a male GM or "La magnifique GM" for a female GM. (Adverbs are usually after the noun, unless it describes beauty, age, goodness or size.).

    Anyways, if you're just using it, without describing a noun it should just be "magnifique" as it is not a noun. Saying "le magnifique" is like saying. "The great, Boston won the world series".

    French grammar is very confusing, usually with more exceptions that things that actually follow the rule.

    Quirky French Fact: The word Masculine is actually feminin, and vice-versa.
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    Re: Diverting Destiny: 1994 Expos

    Quote Originally Posted by gosensgo101 View Post
    It would be just "Magnifique". Putting "le" in front of it implies that is a noun. Like saying "The Magnificent".

    *sigh* Why do people always thing putting "le" in front of something makes in more french.

    P.S. French isn't my 1st language but I comsider myself fluent in it.
    Haha, it sounds frenchier.
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    ahh french class on Mogul!!!! (shields eyes)

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