Cromartie, Ellis Valentine, and Andre Dawson formed what Expos announcer Duke Snider
termed "the best young outfield" he'd ever seen in 1977-79. Only Dawson really lived
up to Snider's billing. Cromartie always hustled but was erratic, prone to long slumps,
and was not a power hitter. Extremely popular in Montreal, he hit .304 in 1981 as
the Expos won their only division title, then skidded to .254 in '82. After being
platooned in '83, he signed with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japan Central League.
A great success in Japan, he hit over 30 home runs in each of his first three seasons
while compiling good
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 28, 1983: Free-agent OF Warren Cromartie signs a reported 3-year, $2.5 million contract to play for Japan's Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The 30-year-old Cromartie, who hit .278 for the Expos last season, is the best American player to jump to Japan while still in his prime.