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Expos to DC?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by LoKyBuckeye, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    Could this area support another team? I would think with Baltimore and the BoSox it would be a little much in that area. But looking at the other choices where else would they go... Vegas, Mexico??

    MLB group likely to push moving Expos to D.C. area

    By Hal Bodley, USA TODAY

    Baseball's relocation committee is leaning toward recommending one of two proposals from the Washington, D.C., area to be the Montreal Expos' permanent home.

    The committee is split on whether the District or Northern Virginia should get the team. (Related story: USA TODAY analysis of possible homes)

    In the latest indication the Washington area is the top choice, three people with knowledge of the relocation process told USA TODAY on Tuesday that those locations are ahead of Las Vegas; Norfolk, Va.; Monterrey, Mexico; and Portland, Ore., but that the committee is having difficulty reaching a final choice.

    Bob DuPuy, Major League Baseball's president, who is overseeing relocation, stressed that no decision has been reached. "There has been no decision and no elimination of any candidate," DuPuy said. He meets with Bud Selig today in his Milwaukee office to update the commissioner on progress of the committee, which is headed by Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

    Selig said last week that he expects a final decision soon after the July 13 All-Star Game in Houston.

    DuPuy will meet with Selig to discuss the work done by the committee — which also includes Milwaukee Brewers chairman Wendy Selig-Prieb, Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks and MLB executive vice president John McHale Jr. — "and to be guided accordingly."

    "The committee continues to receive materials from a number of the candidates and continues to weigh the merits of the prospective sites," DuPuy said. "We have provided some information to the commissioner."

    The Washington area is attractive because it has the biggest TV market, the largest population and the highest household income of the six candidates.

    One of the main topics of conversation today is expected to be Selig's concern for putting a team in the Washington area and the impact that would have on the Baltimore Orioles.

    Selig believes baseball made an unwise decision when it allowed the Kansas City A's to relocate in 1968 to Oakland, across the bay from the San Francisco Giants.

    "That was done without assuming what it was going to do to San Francisco," Selig said. "The leagues were more concerned about having a rivalry with each other than doing the right thing. As a result there's been a fortune lost in those cities over the past 36 years."

    Determining whether Selig is comfortable putting a team in the Washington area is the key issue — or hurdle. MLB would have to compensate Orioles owner Peter Angelos to avoid a lawsuit.

    "It remains a given (Selig is) concerned about a negative impact on any existing franchise," DuPuy said.
  2. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    I don't think Angelos lets it happen. My prediction: Bud Selig rails for 34 straight days about the negative impact gambling has on baseball and American society in general (and mentions how much it hurts him that Pete Rose isn't in the HOF 4,192 times) and then announces the Expos have relocated to: Las Vegas.
  3. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    If they do move to DC, they better not change their name to the "Senators". Anyone old enough to remember that team?
  4. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    They could get Teddy Ballgame to manage the Senators again....if they can install a freezer in the dugout:ohwell:
  5. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Word is the decision will be announced in August after the Break, so we'll see where they go. I'm still betting on Las Vegas :tongue2:

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