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Matt Stairs returns to his original team at age 43 … sort of

Dec 14, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

Matt Stairs

Way back in 1989 the Montreal Expos signed a Canadian-born infielder named Matt Stairs as an undrafted free agent.

In the two-plus decades since then Stairs has played more than 1,800 games in the majors for a dozen different teams while becoming baseball’s all-time leader in pinch-hit homers and the Expos have moved to Washington and become the Nationals.

And today Stairs signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals, which means he’s technically returning to his original organization.

Stairs is basically purely a bench player at this point, starting a total of just 30 games in the past two seasons, but even at age 43 he still has plenty of power after slugging .475 with six homers in 99 at-bats for the Padres.

He’s also universally regarded as a great teammate, so whether or not he ends up making the Opening Day roster the Nationals no doubt hope Stairs can have a positive influence on 18-year-old Bryce Harper during spring training.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    In order to make sure each and every post is Cliffy related I’ve created a new game for today everyone! The Six-Degrees-of-Cliff-Lee Game!

    Six-Degrees-of-Cliff-Lee as related to this post:

    1. Matt Stairs was signed by the Expos in ’89
    2. The Expos later became The Nationals
    3. The Nationals play in the NL East
    4. The NL East also has the Phillies
    5. The Phillies just landed their fourth number one starter in Cliff Lee.

    • Ace - Dec 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM

      1. Matt Stairs and Cliff Lee were teammates on the 2009 Phillies.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 14, 2010 at 1:22 PM

        Ah, that’s too easy. Matt Stairs is the real Kevin Bacon of the MLB I guess.

      • hackerjay - Dec 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM

        How about Matt Stairs and Cliff Lee both started their careers with the Expos?

  2. BC - Dec 14, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Matt Stairs for HOF!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM

      Darn tootin!

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    And the Once and Always King of Major League Baseball brings his Kindgom to the land where a positive attitude, experience and leadership are needed most.

    May the Heavens continue to reign down upon this wonderful man’s career. There are three constants in life: death, taxes, and the incredible career of Matt Stairs.

  4. Jonny 5 - Dec 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Matt Stairs is awesome!!!!! He Teed off on Broxton when Broxton couldn’t be teed off on. He was big help in 08..

  5. Utley's Hair - Dec 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    The Gnats should platoon Stairs with JDub.

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