|Team Uniforms (Home/Away)|
|Name||Montreal Metros (1991-present)
|Other nicknames||Les metros
|Previous names||Vancouver Metros (1989-1990)
|Previous locations||Vancouver, British Columbia (1989-1990)
|Colors||Noir, vert, gris
|General manager||Kevin Lucas|
|Ballpark||Metros Ballpark (1995-Present)|
|Bull Cup championships||(4) 2007, 2011, 2014, 2018|
|League pennants||(7) 1995, 2007, 2011, 2013—2014, 2017—2018|
|Division titles||(15) 1995, 2002, 2006—2011, 2013—2014, 2016—2017, 2022—2023, 2025|
|Playoff appearances||(17) 1995, 2002, 2006—2018, 2022—2023, 2025|
The Montreal Metros are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Montreal, Quebec. The team competes in the Bull League playing in the Lake League (LL) East division. They play their home games at Metros Ballpark.
The team was originally formed as the Vancouver Metros in 1989, and are considered a founding club of the Bull League. The team relocated to Montreal for the 1991 season when the Lake League was first formed, and together with the Boston Brawlers, are one of only two teams to have never changed their name or league/division alignment since then. Because of their longevity and success, they have the most LL East division titles of any franchise, with 12.
- 1 History
- 2 Awards and other achievements
- 3 Championships
- 4 Minor League Affiliations
- 5 References
1989-1994: Early years
The Metros were first formed in 1989 as the Vancouver Metros in the former Central League's west division. After two brief seasons, the team moved to Montreal. The Metros name was kept because of Montreal's association with having one of the oldest subway transit systems in Canada — "metro" means subway in French.
After the 1991 reorganization, the team found itself as a charter member of the Lake League's East division (where it has remained ever since). Together with the Boston Brawlers, the Metros are the only other team to have remained in the LL East division since it was formed, and also along with Boston, are among the few teams to have never changed their nickname since 1991 (the others are the Ohio Oxen, Seattle Salts, California Tidals, and Nevada Speeders).
The team struggled at first to find success, and in the early years after the Bull Cup championship was introduced (91-92-93) never finished above .375.
1995-2001: Highs and lows
When the Bull League reorganized and expanded in 1995, the Metros immediately found themselves dealing with success. Through the efforts of solid pitching from a core of starters such as Marty McSouthpaw, Nick Evert, Walter Constillo and Dontbea Fool, the team led the LL in lowest runs allowed per game, at 4.2, with plenty of offense to cover. Their hitters combined to lead the LL in home runs, triples, hitting, and were second in runs scored per game at 5.5.
The Metros took out the Ohio Oxen in the best-of-five LLCS, 3-1, but crashed into the Richmond Ravens in the Bull Cup series, suffering a 3-0 sweep in that best-of-five set. But the Metros made a clean sweep of the major awards, including the MVP (Scotty McLawson), Sandy Koufax Award (Marty McSouthpaw), Rookie of the Year (McLawson again), and the relief pitcher's Woodchuck Trophy (Kelvin Singleton).
Their 1995 success would not be repeated anytime soon, however, as by the next year, despite the addition of stars such as Chuck Provost (who had set the all-time batting average record for an 80-game season of .444 in 1995), slugger Mike Stetser, and the speedy Larceny McSteal, the Metros found themselves slipping further behind teams like the Kingston Battlements and the Chicoutimi Cinquantes.
Although the 34-year-old McSouthpaw still headed the rotation, and with a winning record of 6-2, the bad pitchers were just too bad, and the big offensive names like Provost and others left the team. In Provost's case, the team option was voided after he failed to hit over .300 for the first time in his career, and could only produce a meagre nine doubles. Others came and went in a successive string of roster instability the gradually drove the team into the basement.
2002-2006: A fresh reset
The disappointment of the 2001 campaign quickly evaporated the next year, when the 2002 edition of the Metros, complete with several fresh, young faces, launched themselves back to the top of the division again. A 22-year-old center fielder, Damian Garcia, featured prominently on the team, now in his third year with the club. Garcia led the team in steals, and was among the top hitters in other stat categories. Matt Fischer, a 27-year-old right fielder, and Hideshi Kaneshiro, a 26-year-old third baseman, provided steady offense. Some incredible defense was supplied by 23-year-old Alexis Ramirez, who did not hurt in the lineup either, hitting .263 and leading the team with 27 doubles.
Some of the veterans pitched in again, as well. Diminished outfielder, 38-year-old Carlos Angel was re-cast as a DH after the league introduced the DH rule that season, and hit .290, walking 98 times and scoring 60 runs. Long-time first baseman, 34-year-old Silas Clark tied for the team lead in home runs with 9, but also led in batting with a .305 average. A slew of great pitching kept the club on the top of the LL in fewest runs allowed per game (3.7), most complete games (12), most shutouts (tied with New York at 6), and most saves. A total of 23 of those saves belonged to Mike Black, who earned the Woodchuck Trophy that year.
What's more is that the Metros poor 2001 showing gave them a premium draft pick in the 3-round 2002 draft. With it, they picked up Garth Goyle as the 4th overall pick. Goyle would later prove to be the best player to come out of that year's draft. The 2002 Metros finished 51-29 (.637), in first place, and although they were washed out in the LLCS by Hamilton, they had demonstrated that they could compete once again.
The next two seasons, though, fans and front office staff were not so sure, with two successive second place finishes where the team was a full 11 games behind the division leaders, Chicoutimi, who went on to win the Bull Cup in the second year, 2004. In 2005, the team again finished in second place, tied with Kingston, behind ascendant Chicoutimi who captured their second Bull Cup in a row.
But the next year, the Metros turned a corner and were back on top. Alex Viramontes, a product of their scouting organization who was signed out of Cuba as a 16-year-old, had his first full season with the Metros now at age 21, hitting .277 with 9 homers, 55 RBIs, and 49 runs scored in 80 games, one of the brightest young rookies on the team. Another rookie, Sohichiro Waki, slashed .299/.372/.611 and picked up the Rookie of the Year award that season. Veteran base thief and contact man Dave Norman led the team in batting with a .346 average, and not far behind him was 24-year-old Joe Street, at .323, a first round draft pick from just 6 years previous. But the real story was the impressive rotation, featuring a seasoned Paul Stone, who was 8-4 with a 2.82 ERA, Floyd Corbett, who was 9-3 and 3.61, and lefty Glenn Panther, who finished 7-5 and 3.77.
Ohio managed to knock out the Metros in the first round of the playoffs, but with the introduction of wild cards for the playoffs the next year, the Metros were sure to make many more appearances in the postseason.
2007-2018: Cementing success
In 2007, the Metros finally did it. They parlayed their first place finish into a second club Bull Cup championship appearance. Despite an additional playoff round added after the introduction of two wild cards in each league, they broke through and swept both New York and Toronto in the first of two LL Elimination Round games, and in the LLCS. They met the Richmond Ravens to contest the Bull Cup in the final round, losing just one game to the Ravens and taking the best-of-five series 3-1.
The Metros had massive help from their offense, which boasted MVP shortstop Joe Street, solid hitting Viramontes, young up-and-coming stars Danny Mendez and Jordan Garcia, along with former top 10 prospect and five-time all-star Francisco Erazo, who was signed before the season to a four-year, $81 million deal, that was deemed worth every penny.
Having won a first Bull Cup, the team was determined to do it again, and did so in 2011, then again in 2014. During their run of success between 2007 and 2018, when they won their fourth Bull Cup, the Metros never finished lower than 2nd place, or with a worse win-loss record than .549 (2012). Along the way, they set the LL record for team win percentage, at .744 (in the 2016 season). At the time the team won their fourth Bull Cup, tying the Ohio Oxen, only New York had won more championships, with five.
By now, the Metros roster was littered with talent. On the pitching side of the ledger, 2-time Sandy Koufax Award winner Judson Martel anchored a star-studded rotation that included Ron Alder, Caleb Patton, and Danny Tirado. Closer Jon Courteau, who cruised through the season to accumulate 20 saves, finished second in Woodchuck Trophy voting. On the batting side of the ledger, Orlando Garza was a hitting machine, slashing .347/.409/.472 and with 32 steals. Garza had four 5-hit games during the year, and also won the Bull Cup MVP Award. Left fielder Jose Ramirez hit .301 on the year, including a 21-game hit streak.
Continued success was almost guaranteed as the team cemented themselves as Lake League team to be contended with. But the reorganization that brought the Ravens organization to Minneapolis would upset the LL apple cart, as a new sheriff arrived in the league to regulate the Metros and the rest of the teams.
The high-flying Metros collapsed in shocking style the very next season, ending 2019 in dead last in the LL East, with a 73-89 (.451) finish in the first year of the 162-game schedule. Garza and Ramirez were still top performers in the league, but other than Alder, the pitching was mediocre at best, with Sandy Koufax winner Martel and young gun Alex Martinez both breaking even at 12-12 and 11-11 respectively, and the bullpen ERA reaching ugly highs.
The Metros offense sunk to second worst, behind the Toronto squad that managed to make their first playoffs in years only on the back of their insane pitching. The metros pitching wasn't bad overall, but it wasn't good enough, with 5.2 runs given up per game, compared to the ineffectual 4.9 runs scored per game on average.
As the league rolls through the 2020, another down year is taking shape and the players are a year older overall, with some now into very expensive contracts.
|Montreal Metros General Managers|
|2017-2021||Danny Desrochers||332-354||Desrochers took over when the Metros were on the tail end of a 13 consecutive season playoff run which saw them achieve 3 Bull Cup championships before their 2018 Cup victory. But the next three seasons saw a first-to-last drop for 2019 and 2020, and only marginal improvement for 2021. Desrochers was widely regarded as having botched his managerial responsibilities when he failed to submit a Rule 5 draft list in the 2021 Rule 5 draft. Despite bitter protestations, his demeanor towards the rest of the league saw him fired and permanently banned from the Bull League.|
|2022-present||Kevin Lucas||—||The extremely successful former Chicago Pit Bulls GM brought that team to 11 playoff appearances between 2002-2016, before taking a year off and then being appointed United States summer college GM in 2018. A year after Metros GM Danny Desrochers took over at Montreal, Lucas was appointed Assistant GM, replacing Dustin Racine at the post, but was second chair for three declining years under Desrochers following their 2018 Bull Cup championship. Now, with Desrochers gone, Lucas hopes to turn the team around for 2022.|
See article: Bull League rivalries
Boston Brawlers vs. Montreal Metros
The Brawlers have developed a long-standing Lake League East division rivalry with the Montreal Metros, who are the only other team that they have shared the division with for their entire history, both teams having been in the LL East since 1991.
Since 2018, when head-to-head records began being formally kept, the Brawlers have a 52-33 win-loss record (as of the end of 2021). They have met just one time in the LLCS, in 2011, when Boston entered as a wild card. Montreal won the series 3-2 and went on to take the Bull Cup that season. Montreal has 12 division titles compared to Boston's two.
Awards and other achievements
Carl Simms MVP Award
See article: Carl Simms MVP Award
- 1991 — Ichibod Umpires
- 1995 — Scotty McLawson
- 2007 — Joe Street
- 2009 — Ricky Terrazas
- 2012 — Ricky Terrazas
- 2016 — Yoshiaki Fujimara
- 2017 — Jose Ramirez
- 2018 — Orlando Garza
Sandy Koufax Award
See article: Sandy Koufax Award
- 1995 — Marty McSouthpaw
- 2008 — Ricky Terrazas
- 2009 — Ricky Terrazas
- 2010 — Ricky Terrazas
- 2011 — Ricky Terrazas
- 2012 — Ricky Terrazas
- 2014 — Rod Matos
- 2016 — Yoshiaki Fujimara
- 2017 — Judson Martel
Rookie of the Year Award
See article: Rookie of the Year Award
- 1995 — Scotty McLawson
- 1997 — Carlos Angel
- 2003 — Paul Stone
- 2006 — Sohichiro Waki
- 2008 — Whitney Weatherby
See article: Woodchuck Trophy
|Statistic||Single season record||Career record|
|Batting average||Orlando Garza||.346||2020||Jose Ramirez||.320|
|On base percentage||Jose Ramirez||.440||2021||Carlos Angel||.453|
|Slugging percentage||Jose Ramirez||.645||2021||Jose Ramirez||.589|
|Games||Carlos Escobedo||162||2020||Orlando Garza||750|
|At bats||Orlando Garza||598||2021||Orlando Garza||3,100|
|Runs||Jose Ramirez||100||2019||Orlando Gara||499|
|Hits||Orlando Garza||201||2020||Orlando Garza||982|
|Doubles||Orlando Garza||47||2020||Orlando Garza||201|
|Triples||Jose Ramirez||12||2021||Jose Ramirez||49|
|Home runs||Jose Ramirez||44||2021||Garth Goyle||153|
|Runs batted in||Jose Ramirez||146||2021||Garth Goyle||511|
|Stolen bases||Orlando Garza||70||2019||Orlando Garza||238|
|Earned runs average||Ron Alder||3.94||2019||Ricky Terrazas||2.26|
|Wins||Ron Alder||17||2019|| Rod Matos
|Losses||Jamie Jones||20||2019||Danny Tirado||47|
|Saves||Mitchell Nicols||38||2021||Bobby Moore||61|
|Games pitched||Mitchell Nicols||71||2021||Bobby Moore||233|
|Games started||Judson Martel||33||2019||Paul Stone||144|
|Complete games|| Matthew Box
|Shutouts||Judson Martel||4||2017||Judson Martel||9|
|Innings pitched||Judson Martel||252.0||2019||Danny Tirado||1,013.1|
|Strikeouts||Judson Martel||246||2019||Ricky Terrazas||1,002|
Hall of Fame Players
Players listed in bold were inducted in a Metros uniform.
|Montreal Metros Hall of Famers|
|Player||Pos.||Years with Metros||Inducted|
|Silas "Thrill" Clark||1B||1997-2005||2015|
Minor League Affiliations
|Montreal Metros Minor League Affiliates|
|AAA||Portland Timberwolves||Cow League||Portland, Oregon|
|AA||Cedar Defenders||Heifer League||Cedar, British Columbia|
|A||Sarnia Shock||Calf League||Sarnia, Ontario|
|Short Season A||Montpelier Meteors||New England League||Montpelier, Vermont|
|Rookie||Vero Beach Metros||Florida Rookie League||Vero Beach, Florida|
- Chicago Pit Bulls: Batting Leaders. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_14_batting_leaders.html.
2020/01/01. Accessed: June 17, 2019.
- Chicago Pit Bulls: Pitching Leaders. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_14_pitching_leaders.html.
2020/01/01. Accessed: June 17, 2019.