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Montreal Expos    1997 record: 78-84 (fourth in NL East)

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1997 Team Statistics (NL Rank)

Batting Average .258 (11) Opp. Batting Avg. .251 (4)
Runs Scored 691 (10) ERA 4.14 (7)
Home Runs 172 (4) Fielding Pct. .979 (14)

Short Handed

The Expos ranked last in the National League in fielding percentage last year (.979, one error every 46.7 chances), and their total of 132 errors tied with San Diego for most in the league. Mark Grudzielanek's 32 errors at shortstop was the highest in the league by far; no other NL shortstop had as many as 20. Grudzielanek's fielding percentage (.955, one error every 22.3 chances) was the seventh-worst single-season mark in major league history among shortstops who played their home games on artificial turf (minimum 145 games).

Lowest Single-Season Fielding Percentage For Shortstops
Who Played Their Home Games On Artificial Turf

  Season Fielding pct. Errors Total chances/error
Rafael Ramirez, Astros 1989 .945 30 18.2
Frank Taveras, Pirates 1978 .946 38 18.5
Sonny Jackson, Astros 1966 .951 37 20.4
Garry Templeton, Cardinals 1978 .953 40 21.2
Andujar Cedeño, Astros 1993 .955 25 22.1
Alfredo Griffin, Blue Jays 1980 .955 37 22.2
Mark Grudzielanek, Expos 1997 .955 32 22.3
Source: Elias Sports Bureau

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