Baseball in Montreal

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Baseball in Montreal

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The Reds and Blue Jays are playing the last two ST games at the Big O in Montreal . Like last year both games are sell outs.
Over 47000 each game last year with Jays / Mets.
Its becoming more and more a possibility that baseball return to Montreal if the Rays continue to slide in attendance . I know some of you said no way last year when I brought this up but the talk has increased this year .
Montreal if given a second chance would be much better attended playing in the AL east with the natural riveraly with the Blue Jays and Boston, NY and Baltimore all being so close. It would help that they have a dome stadium for the early season games.
Yes the Big O sucks as a baseball stadium but so does The Trop.
I'm going to say that if the Rays draw badly again this year you'll be seeing them be moved to Montreal for the 2016 or 2017 season .

Lets hear it boys and girls. :-)
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What is the MLB's history on giving cities a second chance at hosting teams?
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Not going to happen. There are at least 5 other cities that will get a team first.
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bigh0rt wrote:What is the MLB's history on giving cities a second chance at hosting teams?



1902: Milwaukee Brewers moved to St. Louis, Missouri and became the St. Louis Browns.
1903: Baltimore Orioles moved to New York and became the Highlanders. The team was renamed the Yankees in 1913.
1953: Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee. This was the first relocation in 50 years. During those 50 years, there had also been no expansions or contractions—Major League Baseball had consisted of the same 16 teams, 8 in each league, playing in the same 10 cities without interruption for half a century.
1954: St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles.
1955: Philadelphia Athletics moved to Kansas City, Missouri.
1958: Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles; New York Giants moved to San Francisco. These were the first major league teams on the West Coast; the teams moved simultaneously to facilitate travel for other National League (NL) teams.
1961: Washington Senators (original) moved to the Twin Cities area and became the Minnesota Twins. Not wishing to alienate Washington, D.C. and its powerful baseball fans, the American League (AL) granted the city a new expansion franchise, also called the Senators.
1966: Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
1968: Kansas City Athletics moved to Oakland, California. Because Charles O. Finley broke a recently signed lease and public bonds were already issued for the building of what is now known as Kauffman Stadium, Major League Baseball was in danger of anti-trust legislation from Stuart Symington, U.S. Senator from Missouri. As a result, the AL granted Kansas City a new expansion franchise in 1969.
1970: Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers. The AL granted Seattle a new expansion franchise in 1977.
1972: Washington Senators (second franchise) moved to Arlington, Texas and became the Texas Rangers.
2005: Montreal Expos moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Washington Nationals. The Expos had split time between Montreal and San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003 and 2004. This was the first relocation in 33 years.

So Milwaukee, Baltimore, NY's 2nd team, Washington D.C., Milwaukee again, Kansas City, Seattle, Washington again
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Re: Baseball in Montreal

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Yea, I don't see it happening. Too many other potential markets.
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Montreal is a hockey town. Support for baseball was always mediocre, even when the Expos were at their prime. They need a new stadium, probably need a dome as it can still be freezing cold in Montreal in Apr and October.
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