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Could MLB return to Montreal?

Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:46 am
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

The former French-language broadcaster for the Montreal Expos said he's been approached by a business group trying to bring baseball back to Montreal. That news comes off the heels of a report by the Conference Board of Canada that said Montreal could still support Major League Baseball.

The Expos moved to Washington D.C. after the 2004 season, but it certainly wouldn't be the first time a market lost a team and then got another. The Expos' move to D.C. was the third incarnation of MLB in the nation's capital. Kansas City, Seattle and Milwaukee all got second chances at MLB, and then there's the Mets who debuted after the Dodgers and Giants went west.

One huge hurdle would likely be a new ballpark, something the Expos couldn't get.

Still, Rodger Brulotte said there are business groups that have approached him and he's starting to take them seriously, even if he wouldn't name specific names.

"Before doing anything, I told the group to get their business plan together," Brulotte told the Montreal Gazette. "It has to include plans for a stadium, for radio and television rights, for everything, as though they already have the franchise."

It's unlikely baseball would expand anytime soon -- earlier this month in Phoenix commissioner Bud Selig said it's not in the plans -- but the Oakland A's are the team that would be most likely to move. The chances of that, though, are slim. Even with a stronger Canadian dollar, a return to Montreal seems even more unlikely -- much to the chagrin of traveling beat writers across the United States who fondly remember trips to Montreal, if not Olympic Stadium.

Author Jonah Keri, a Montreal native who is working on a book about the Expos, called the report a "non-story" and said there is a "zero percent" chance of baseball ever returning to Montreal. Unfortunately, he's probably correct. 

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Since: Mar 26, 2013
Posted on: March 26, 2013 10:19 pm
 

Could MLB return to Montreal?

You must obviously be in your teens or early twenties because you have NO idea what you're talking about when you say,  "Are you kidding me? They never supported the Expos despite having some pretty good teams." During the mid 70's and into the 80's, the Expos had well over 2 million in attendance per season. I have no idea where you get your information but it's quite obvious that you're uninformed. The fans kept supporting the team even through the lean years until that ill-fated strike in 1994 which dashed any hope of a World Series for the Expos and their fans and which ultimately led to the trading of stars on the team which caused attendance to plumet. In addition, the Expos were sabotaged by that ill-willed snake-oil salesman(supposed art dealer) known as Jeoffrey Loria and his puppet son [David Samson] who purchased the team and made the commitment to keep it in Montreal but then turned around and made the Expos play games in Puerto Rico to further diminish attendance numbers and in coherts with Bud Selig, leave MLB no choice but to move the team to Washington. You should really research your facts before commenting and making yourself look foolish.


 

 



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Could MLB return to Montreal?

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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Could MLB return to Montreal?

Dude you are so right.



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Could MLB return to Montreal?

I concur with you wholeheartedly amigo



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:15 pm
 

World Series Champions

1994!


As a rabid and fervent Expos fan, I must qualify my comments with a "no offense" precursor ;) That being said, the absolute MORON who stated that the fanz didn't support the Expos must (or perhaps he's an inbred dolt)  know that the Expos were sabotaged after the bs strike of '94 - the fan support was incredible until the pernicious firesales happened continually after 1994 - my friends and I still attended the games, even though we wanted to murder that Marlin's weasel farte dealer  idiot Jeffrey Loria and the honourable  s*** for brains Selig -

With even half intelligent owenership and competent management (like retaining marquee players
for at leas 3 years), the Expos would return to the very strong and robust franchise they once were - the same thing is going on now in Oakland and Tampa - I remember as a kid that Letterman once joked, "It's cup of warm spit night in Cleveland" - of course I wouldn't wish contraction on any of those cities - Bud Selig ripped the heart out of Montreal and I'd like very much to kick his a**  


The Expos were a fooking farm team for the whole danged league - like some teams are now - their scouting sysem was second to none - look at the stars they brought to light - Larry Walker, Dawson, Wallach, Wetteland, Guerrerro, Deshields, Jose Vidro - PEDRO!!

I'm done and i want my team back - thanks for letting me vent 



Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Could MLB return to Montreal?

You are Classless Rosecrans.... I hope someone pisses in your coffee....




Since: Oct 23, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Could MLB return to Montreal?

Hope not, they couldn't support a team 7 years ago. So why would they support one now.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Could MLB return to Montreal?

The former French-language broadcaster for the Montreal Expos said he's been approached by a business group trying to bring baseball back to Montreal. That news comes off the heels of a report by the Conference Board of Canada that said Montreal could still support Major League Baseball.

The Expos moved to Washington D.C. after the 2004 season, but it certainly wouldn't be the first time a market lost a team and then got another. The Expos' move to D.C. was the third incarnation of MLB in the nation's capital. Kansas City, Seattle and Milwaukee all got second chances at MLB, and then there's the who debuted after the and went west.

One huge hurdle would likely be a new ballpark, something the Expos couldn't get.

Still, Rodger Brulotte said there are business groups that have approached him and he's starting to take them seriously, even if he wouldn't name specific names.

"Before doing anything, I told the group to get their business plan together," Brulotte . "It has to include plans for a stadium, for radio and television rights, for everything, as though they already have the franchise."

It's unlikely baseball would expand anytime soon -- earlier this month in Phoenix commissioner Bud Selig said it's not in the plans -- but the Oakland A's are the team that would be most likely to move. The chances of that, though, are slim. Even with a stronger Canadian dollar, a return to Montreal seems even more unlikely -- much to the chagrin of traveling beat writers across the United States who fondly remember trips to Montreal, if not Olympic Stadium.

Author Jonah Keri, a Montreal native who is working on a book about the Expos, called the report a "non-story" and said there is a "zero percent" chance of baseball ever returning to Montreal. Unfortunately, he's probably correct. 



Are you kidding me? They never supported the Expos despite having some pretty good teams. Montreal is a minor-league town. They did well as a minor league franchise earlier. In Quebec, they have the best team in the Independent Can-Am league where they've won the last 2 titles and have the best attendance. However, they only can draw about 3,000 or so a game. That's the extent of what they can really muster up. Montreal simply is a very cosmopolitan hockey town. It's hockey central Canada.

Portland, Las Vegas, Louisville and Buffalo all deserve MLB teams before Montreal. Montreal had their shot and failed miserably. Let another city prove they can provide interest and actual fannies in the seats.


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