n 1993, Burlington businessman Ray Pecor, the owner of Lake Champlain Transportation Company in Burlington since 1976, purchased the franchise rights of the Jamestown Expos and moved the franchise to Burlington, retaining the Expos name. The Vermont Expos played their first game at Centennial Field on June 16, 1994. The Expos lost 6 to 5 to the Pittsfield Mets but more than 5,000 fans turned out for the game.
2005 name change
The Montreal Expos announced on September 29, 2004 that they would move to Washington, DC after the 2004 season. They would re-name themselves the Washington Nationals. Minor League Baseball gives clubs 60-days after the end of the season to change their names and logos. Vermont did not have enough time for an identity change and retained the nickname Expos for the 2005 season.
During the 2005 season, the club announced its plan to change the nickname and solicited suggestions from its fans. The team received 30,000 fan suggestions for the new name. The New York Times reported that the two leading contenders were "Green Mountain Boys" and "Lakemonsters".
They announced the new name, "Lake Monsters", and revealed the new team colors and uniforms on November 15, 2005. The Expos colors of red, white and blue were replaced with the Lake Monster colors of navy blue, columbia blue and green. The name references Champ, the legendary Lake Champlain monster which had been the team's mascot since 1994.
The club's last game as the Vermont Expos was on September 8, 2005. They opened the 2006 season as the Vermont Lake Monsters.
The franchise was the last professional ball club to carry the Expos name. The team's home ballpark, Centennial Field, is 100-miles from the Montreal Expos' last home ballpark Olympic Stadium - closer than the Boston Red Sox' Fenway Park. While baseball fans in Burlington tend to root for the Red Sox and Yankees, Montreal was the closest Major League Baseball stadium until 2005.
On July 22, 2005, the Vermont Expos held its first "Tribute to the Expos" promotion and honored Andre Dawson at Centennial Field. While the club changed its name to the "Lake Monsters" in 2006, the organization held its second "tribute to the Expos". The club honored pitcher Dennis Martinez and for the game, wore powder-blue Expos uniforms with the Expos name on the front and a Lake Monsters patch on the left sleeve. On August 5, 2007, the Lake Monsters honored the Expos again and brought Tim Wallach to Burlington.
Change in Affiliates
The 2010 season was the last season the Vermont Lake Monsters played as affiliates of the Washington Nationals. In mid September 2010, the Nationals changed teams and signed the Auburn Doubledays as their new affiliate. In late September the Oakland A's signed a two year contract with Vermont to become their new affiliate. This marked the first time in the Lake Monsters 14 year history that it wasn't an affiliate of the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. Vermont will kick off its first year as an affiliate of the Oakland A's beginning in June 2011.
Home Stadium: Centennial Field
Ken Griffey, Jr.(1988, Seattle Mariners)
Geoff Blum (1994, Houston Astros)
Orlando Cabrera (1995, Cincinnati Reds)
Michael Barrett (1995, San Diego Padres)
Milton Bradley (1997, Seattle Mariners)
Jorge Julio (1998, Atlanta Braves)
Wilson Valdez (1999, Philadelphia Phillies)
Jason Bay (2000, New York Mets)
Brandon Watson (2000, AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs; set the Minor League Baseball hit-streak record of 43 games in 2007)
Jason Bergmann (2002), Washington Nationals
Darrell Rasner (2002, New York Yankees)
John Lannan (2005), Washington Nationals
Danny Espinosa (2008), Washington Nationals
Vermont Lake Monsters rosterview · talk · edit
45 Drew Bailey
36 Jeiler Castillo
29 Logan Chitwood
34 Seth Frankoff
44 Ryan Hughes
21 Nathaniel Kilcrease
13 Jose Macias
24 J.C. Menna
27 Charles Mye
17 Argenis Paez
9 Tanner Peters
18 Brent Powers
33 Drew Tyson
25 Jeff Urlaub
2 T.J. Walz
20 Kurt Wunderlich
23 Chris Affinito
30 Diomendes Lopez
8 Daniel Petiti
16 Beau Taylor
14 Neudy Clime
12 Michael Fabiaschi
5 Sean Jamieson
22 Chad Lewis
4 Zhi Fang Pan
6 Sam Roberts
31 Jacob Tanis
1 Jeff Bercume
10 Xavier Macklin
28 Chad Oberacker
5 Aaron Shipman
19 Jordan Tripp
7 Rick Magnante
40 Casey Myers (hitting)
35 John Wasdin (pitching)
7-day disabled list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated June 12, 2011
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