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1988 Montreal Expos season


  • December 7, 1987: Dave Engle was signed as a free agent by the Expos.[1]
  • December 16, 1987: Bryn Smith was signed as a free agent by the Expos.[2]
  • December 18, 1987: Rex Hudler was signed as a free agent by the Expos.[3]
  • December 18, 1987: Dennis Martínez was signed as a free agent by the Expos.[4]
  • March 5, 1988: Otis Nixon was signed as a free agent by the Expos.[5]
  • March 24, 1988: Graig Nettles was purchased by the Expos from the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • CFL quarterback Matt Dunigan retired from the Canadian Football League in 1988 and chased a childhood dream of professional baseball. Dunigan attended an open tryout with the Montreal Expos and was one of two ball players selected to sign a contract.[7]

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Expos pitcher Pascual Pérez threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the Phillies on September 24, 1988. It was the first no-hitter in Veterans Stadium history. Perez allowed one walk, and another Phillies baserunner reached on an error. Umpire Harry Wendelstedt waved off the game after a 90-minute rain delay after the game was stopped by a steady rain with one out in the top of the sixth.[8]

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
New York Mets 100 60 .625 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 85 75 .531 15
Montreal Expos 81 81 .500 20
Chicago Cubs 77 85 .475 24
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 .469 25
Philadelphia Phillies 65 96 .404 35.5

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Major League debuts

  • Batters:
    • Jeff Huson (Sep 2)
    • Johnny Paredes (Apr 29)
  • Pitchers:
    • Tim Barrett (Jul 18)
    • Brian Holman (Jun 25)
    • Randy Johnson (Sep 15) [14]


1988 Montreal Expos
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

= Indicates team leader


Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI SB
1B }, Andrés Galarraga}|Andrés Galarraga }]] 157 609 184 .302 29 92 13
2B Foley, TomTom Foley 127 377 100 .265 5 43 2
3B Wallach, TimTim Wallach 159 592 152 .257 12 69 2
LF Raines, TimTim Raines 109 429 116 .270 12 48 33
RF Brooks, HubieHubie Brooks 151 588 164 .279 20 90 7

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI SB
Hudler, RexRex Hudler 77 216 59 .273 4 14 29
Engle, DaveDave Engle 34 37 8 .216 0 1 0


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez 34 235.1 15 13 2.72 120
Smith, BrynBryn Smith 32 198 12 10 3.00 122
Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 4 26 4 0 2.42 25

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Smith, MikeMike Smith 5 0 0 1 3.12 4
Barrett, TimTim Barrett 4 0 0 1 5.79 5

Award winners

1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Joe Sparks
AA Jacksonville Expos Southern League Tommy Thompson
A West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League Felipe Alou
A Rockford Expos Midwest League Alan Bannister
Short-Season A Jamestown Expos New York–Penn League Roger LaFrançois
Rookie GCL Expos Gulf Coast League Dave Jauss
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Indianapolis[16]


  • 1988 Montreal Expos team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1988 Montreal Expos team page at
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