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07:36 AM ET 12.13 | Baseball, Part Deux? Mais oui. That's the conclusion of a study that explored the financial viability of seeing Major League Baseball return to a city that hasn't seen a professional baseball game since the Montreal Expos flocked to Washington D.C. at the end of the 2004 season. "Based on several realistic assumptions, including broadcasting revenues and ticket sales similar to MLB averages, baseball's return to Montreal is definitely feasible," Warren Cromartie, president and founder of the Montreal Baseball Project and former Expos player, said in a statement. His group, along with the Board of Trade of Greater Montreal and other partners, commissioned the study. Before baseball could return to the city, though, Montreal needs a new baseball stadium.

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December 13, 2013  08:18 AM ET
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Who's gonna move? The Marlins? Rays?

Good question. Either one would work I think but probably the Rays by a nose.

December 13, 2013  08:44 AM ET

I went to a dozen or so Expo Games, really enjoy myself, Montreal is a great place to visit!!! The people are outstanding!

December 13, 2013  08:51 AM ET

[/b]Before baseball could return to the city, though, Montreal needs a new baseball stadium.[/b]

This may help their cause some if there was a plan or proposal in place for a new ballpark.

December 13, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Before baseball could return to the city, though, Montreal needs a new baseball stadium.

This may help their cause some if there was a plan or proposal in place for a new ballpark.

<need my caffeine>

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December 13, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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I went to a dozen or so Expo Games, really enjoy myself, Montreal is a great place to visit!!! The people are outstanding!

I attended a game their on a hot and humid day in Montreal and without A/C it was very uncomfortable.

December 13, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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I went to a dozen or so Expo Games, really enjoy myself, Montreal is a great place to visit!!! The people are outstanding!

Montreal is indeed a great city to visit. But, let's be honest, that stadium was awful.

December 13, 2013  09:27 AM ET

I attended a game *there* on a hot and humid day in Montreal and without A/C it was very uncomfortable.

<dagnabbit!>

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December 13, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who's gonna move? The Marlins? Rays?

The Marlins are going nowhere for a while, after tax payers just gave them that new stadium. Rays make the most sense.

December 13, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I attended a game *there* on a hot and humid day in Montreal and without A/C it was very uncomfortable.<dagnabbit!>

I watched a few games there. It was a whole world better than the old Jarry Park they played in to begin with.

December 13, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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I watched a few games there. It was a whole world better than the old Jarry Park they played in to begin with.

The mistake they made at the Big O was capping the roof.

December 13, 2013  12:41 PM ET

What does Don Cherry think ?

December 13, 2013  12:47 PM ET

"Expos flocked to Washington D.C. at the end of the 2004 season."



Fled is more like it. And no to 34 teams, the talent is diluted enough as it is.

December 13, 2013  03:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who's gonna move? The Marlins? Rays?

the A's,,,,

December 13, 2013  03:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Montreal is indeed a great city to visit. But, let's be honest, that stadium was awful.

new stadium most be built before any team or franchise moved into that city and country!!!

December 13, 2013  07:36 PM ET
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the A's,,,,

what's that you're huffing in that bag?

December 14, 2013  02:27 AM ET

Montreal Expos was moved to Washington because the Expos were only drawing an average of 2000 per game. The Expos even played a few games in San Juan in an attempt to draw a few extra fans. Even with a new ball park they might sell a few more season tickets. Once the newness of the stadium wears off the attendance will fall off accordingly. Any new stadium should have a retractable roof. Any one that does not study history is doomed to repeat it. I hope the public is not asked to build the stadium the in coming team should have to kick in at least 50%.

 
December 14, 2013  02:38 AM ET

The A's if moved to Montreal would be the most travelled team in MLB. Philly, KC, and Oakland.

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