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Position: P      Born: May 7, 1937      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

Nicknamed "Frenchy", Jean Claude Marc Raymond (pron: ray-MONED) was born in St. Jean, Quebec and was, at one time, part of a trio of Canadian relievers in the Astros bullpen. He made his debut with the White Sox in 1959 and then pitched for the Milwaukee Braves for three seasons.

When Houston and the Mets complained that the original expansion draft was inadequate, the National League gave them an additional draft after the 1963 season and Raymond was plucked by the Colt .45s. He spent four seasons in Houston, compiling a 19-18 record with 26 saves and a 2.98 ERA. During the 1966 season, he became the team's closer and was named to the All-Star team to replace an injured Joe Morgan. He did not get into the game.

Raymond was traded to Atlanta in mid-season of the 1967 campaign for Wade Blasingame. The Braves were the same organization he had left except they had changed cities. When the National League expanded to Montreal, Raymond was a natural to join the inaugural Expos team. He pitched in Canada for three seasons then joined their broadcast team as the color commentator on French-language broadcasts.

Overall, Raymond posted a 46-53 record with 83 saves and a 3.66 ERA over a dozen seasons.