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  • #61
    I'm not too sure that it would be doable. The Casino is trying to move out of Île Notre-Dame beacuse they can't build a hotel either on Notre-Dame or Ste-Hélène beacuse of regulations and zoning and things like that. So unless there's room on the grounds of La Ronde per say, and I assume they use pretty much all the space they have (I havent been there in many years), I don't believe that it could be done.
    From now until the end of September, I'll be chronicling in real time on Twitter the 1946 season of the International league's Montréal Royals, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball. Check it out: https://twitter.com/Royals_46season

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    • #62
      Thread Bump to go with similar new thread started on the most current page. If *Oklahoma City* !! ?? could buy the Seattle Supersonics and thereby get an NBA team over a countless number of better choices from the list of American cities, there is no reason why MLB cant come back to Montreal.

      But... it's either going to take a lot of hard work from the local fan community, or a megabucks angel to come riding to the rescue or both.

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      • #63
        There is only one franchise right now that I could see moving -- Loria Trainwreck #2, the Florida Marlins. I could very easily see them leaving Floirida to the centrally-located Rays.

        If baseball re-expands into Montreal, it will probably be as an AL franchise to give it a natural rivalry with Toronto and the support of marauding Boston and New York fans who routinely flood the Tampa Bay stadium when they're bad and thus would surely cross the relatively insignificant hurdle of distance and a friendly border to inflate the turnout for Montreal games.

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        • #64
          I wouldn't dismiss the notion of pro baseball coming back to Montreal out of hand. If you look under the sports section of Radio-Canada's web site (it's in French) and search for "baseball montreal" you'll see what I'm talking about.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Augustin_"Gus" View Post
            The guys in Boisbriand are really serious. Read in the paper yesterday that they will get the stadium construction underway in april, this coming april, if everything goes according to plan. The team would start playing in 2008, and they will be named the Royals (les Royaux). Wich I think is a shame.

            Les Royaux de Boisbriand. Makes little sense. They named the team "the Royals" beacuse of Mount-Royal. The lilnk between that municipality that isn't even on the island of Montréal and mount Royal isn't that obvious if you ask me.

            And I say NO to baseball in or around Montréal. I havent changed my mind on this.
            I'd hate to be blunt with you but I would disagree with you about the notion of saying NO to baseball in and around Montreal. I think that anyone who thinks Montreal is better off not having a baseball team of its own and thus being content with the Habs and the Impact seems to be stuck in a Quebec that in the 1950s was out of touch with modern Canada.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by Augustin_"Gus" View Post
              You're setting the bar pretty high for yourself there. Go ahead. What are they?
              The only ones I can think of are Portland, NYC area can support a 3rd team, and MAYBE Carolina. Other cities that got teams back quickly (less than 10 years) either threatened lawsuits (KC and Washington the first time the Senators left) or used the threat of a 3rd Major League (NYC).

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              • #67
                Originally posted by aqib View Post
                The only ones I can think of are Portland, NYC area can support a 3rd team, and MAYBE Carolina. Other cities that got teams back quickly (less than 10 years) either threatened lawsuits (KC and Washington the first time the Senators left) or used the threat of a 3rd Major League (NYC).
                Portland can't even support minor league baseball.
                I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
                - Walt Whitman

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by jnakamura View Post
                  Portland can't even support minor league baseball.
                  I know. But its no uncommon for cities that have a major league team in one sport to not support a minor league team in another. That being said I was reaching. The challange was to come up with a dozen and I had to stretch to come up with 3.

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