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  • Would the Padres (or any team) have lasted in D.C. in the 1970s?

    The padres almost moved to Washington in 1974. Other clubs may have looked at it, and of course the 2nd Senators need not have moved.

    But, while the Natinals are doing well now, the 1970s and early '80s was not the best of times economically in D.C., and without a new ballpark, I wonder if that period up tot he late '80s/early '90s would be survivable. After all, the Senators were not doing well in the '60s.

    So, howwell would they have done,do you think?
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    They'd move again no matter what, it wasn't a good fit till recently
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    They'd want their own park but would go to N. Virginia w/a consistent winner
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    The team would be good enough fast enough (5-7 years) they'd get lots of support & stay in RFK
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    They'd stay even if they kept playing poorly for a decade
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    Originally posted by DTF955 View Post
    The padres almost moved to Washington in 1974. Other clubs may have looked at it, and of course the 2nd Senators need not have moved.

    But, while the Natinals are doing well now, the 1970s and early '80s was not the best of times economically in D.C., and without a new ballpark, I wonder if that period up tot he late '80s/early '90s would be survivable. After all, the Senators were not doing well in the '60s.

    So, howwell would they have done,do you think?
    They would have survived if they were able to get a good TV deal. Anything less and probably not.
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      As far as the ballpark goes - RFK was fairly new, wasn't it?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post
        As far as the ballpark goes - RFK was fairly new, wasn't it?
        I was thinking more about the neighborhood, but that might have just been an owners' excuse as to why they weren't drawing fans.
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        • #5
          True they were looking for any reason to move to Texas. Any excuse for the Padres to get a new one too (in the hypothetical D.C. situation you speak of).
          "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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          • #6
            Its interesting that the Nationals have become a good fit in DC at all. Don't get me wrong, I've never rooted against that franchise or city, but apparently DC has changed more than any other major league city. Moving the Expos to DC and renaming the franchise has worked well thus far.

            The Padres have been a very poorly managed team over the years, within the front office. The franchise has had success drafting and signing good players, for the most part. Something is way out of whack as the franchise grooms and trains minor leaguers into major leaguers, or as they sign and try to keep free agents. Moving the Padres to DC would never have changed this flaw.
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