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03-30-2011, 06:59 AM
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Never say never. I don't think a return to Montreal is impossible. You'd need a really rich guy from Montreal and a new stadium to make it happen, but it's not impossible.

Besides not really ever having a decent stadium, I always thought the Expos were unlucky to not be in the AL East. The Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays would have been tremendous for the bottom line. Tampa's struggling at the gate...if ever there was a team that would be perfect for the Montreal market it's that team (Jonah Keri might die of joy).

Put it like this, it's not Hartford. Hartford got lucky to have an NHL team at comparison, Montreal IS the best North American market without an MLB team. It's better than Las Vegas, Charlotte and Portland.

As for baseball being sick...bullcrap. The Pirates are a tremendously stupid, cheap franchise that got a free ballpark from the taxpayers and nickel and dimes their way to poor results year after year. They've had almost two decades of high draft picks with virtually nothing to show for it. The Royals have done a little better but often traded their best players for nothing (Jermaine Dye for Neifi Perez being the shining example). Nonetheless, they have by unanimous consent the best farm system in baseball and should have a good team in a couple years.

If Tampa can beat the Red Sox and Yankees 2 out of 3 years and put together another strong team this year, the Pirates and Royals (who both play in much weaker divisions) can compete.

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