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FP Santangelo, 1999 topps #77, expos

Player: Santangelo, F.P.

Card: 1999 Topps #77

Position: OF/2B/3B

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"I believe he (F.P. Santangelo) serves as an example to the little man, but he should also serve as an example to every player in our organization." - Montreal Expos Manager Felipe Alou (The Topps Company, Inc., Topps Series 1 Baseball Card, 1999)

Frank-Paul Santangelo (born October 24, 1967 in Livonia, MI) is an former professional baseball player. He played Major League Baseball from 1995 to 2001 for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics. Since 2011, he has been a broadcaster for the Washington Nationals.

FP was drafted in the 20th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos organization. He became the first player in AAA Ottawa Lynx history to have his number, 24, retired. He made his Major League debut on August 2, 1995 as the starting left fielder against the Florida Marlins.

He also played in his first and only post-season series in 2001, appearing in two games for the Athletics in the 2001 American League Division Series.

After retiring, Santangelo co-hosted a sports radio talk show called "The Rise Guys" on KHTK-1140 AM in Sacramento from 2006 to 2008. On March 1, 2010, Santangelo became the host of San Francisco's KNBR-680 AM SportsPhone680 in the 7–10 pm time slot.

He also worked as a reporter and fill-in game announcer for Giants broadcasts on CSN Bay Area and the Giants Radio Network. On January 6, 2011, Santangelo was named the color analyst for the Washington Nationals' telecasts on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), returning to the organization with which he spent over half his playing career (the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, D.C., in 2005).

Santangelo's signature line as an announcer is a reverse play off the superstition of never speaking about a no-hitter when it is in progress. Whenever the first Nationals hit of the game occurs, Santangelo says flatly "There goes the no-hitter."

Nick has explained that he says it as a tribute to his former manager Felipe Alou, who as manager of the Expos always said it when the Expos got their first hit in game. Santangelo does not use the line when the opposing team gets its first hit, but on September 28, 2014, moments after Jordan Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history, Santangelo announced, "And there is the no-hitter!". He made the same remark after Max Scherzer's no-hitters on June 20 and October 3, 2015.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)


1997 Upper Deck #429


F.P. Santangelo is part of the Topps Card Tour – 1999 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

FP is part of the LA/Brooklyn Dodgers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

FP is also part of the New York/SF Giants Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

FP is also part of the Athletics Player Tour – Go To the Next Stop

“The Saint” is part of the Great Italian American Player Nicknames Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all FP’s baseball cards at TCDB

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