Nearly three months after he was drafted fifth overall, Clint Everts officially signed with the club that picked him. The Montreal Expos inked their first-round pick to an undisclosed contract, ending speculation they might lose him had he returned to school in the fall.
Bartolo Colon won his 20th game for the Montreal Expos and became just the second pitcher in baseball history to win 10 games in each league during the same season. No other player had accomplished that feat since 1957, when Hank Borowy did it with the Yankees and Cubs.
Vladimir Guerrero fell just shy of becoming just the fourth player in Major League history to notch 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. He finished with 39 homers, with a ball missing by mere inches in the second to last game of the season.
Vladimir Guerrero was honored by the local baseball writers and unanimously named the Montreal Expos' Molson Player of the Year. The superstar slugger has captured that honor in four of the last five seasons. In addition to falling one homer short of the 40-40 club, Guerrero set a team record with 206 hits. All-Star starter Jose Vidro was second on seven of the nine ballots.
The Sporting News honored two Montreal Expos for their play in 2002. Brad Wilkerson was named the NL Rookie of the Year, and Vladimir Guerrero was named to the publication's NL All-Star Team. Wilkerson led NL rookies in several offensive categories including: home runs (20), RBIs (59), runs scored (92), hits (135), multi-hit games (39), extra-base hits (55), total bases (238), doubles (27), triples (8), walks (81) and outfield assists (13). Wilkerson is considered a front-runner for the NL Award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.