The Montreal Expos drafted Chad Cordero 20th overall in 2003 out of Cal State Fullerton, and months later he was in the Majors as a member of their bullpen. Chad had a fine season as part of the last-ever Expos team in ’04. By the time this website launched in ’05, the inaugural Nationals season, he was the best reliever on the planet. Cordero saved an MLB-best 47 games that year, posted a 1.82 ERA, made the All-Star team, and received MVP and Cy Young votes.
Cordero went on to save 128 games in his excellent career, all with the Expos/Nationals from 2003-07. He also appeared briefly for the Mariners in 2010 before deciding to retire.
After enjoying our chat with fellow Fullerton alum Christian Colon, Chad reached out because he loves chatting with baseball fans. We were thrilled to host him. Chad was generous with his time and gave thoughtful answers to questions. Read the transcript of the Chad Cordero chat here.
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