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Could baseball return to Montreal?

Dec 12, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

Expos in a line

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that one of Canada’s great cities could once again be a home for a Major League Baseball team as long as a new stadium is built in the downtown area. A study was performed by Ernst and Young and the law firm BCF, which found that it would cost Montreal $525 million to acquire a new team and $500 million to build a new stadium.

More on the study from the Gazette:

The study said, based on the information collected and a “conservative analysis,” the return of baseball would be financially viable under “a set of realistic assumptions.” They include “a modest but competitive payroll, average ticket prices in line with league averages, and a local broadcasting rights deal in line with other similar MLB markets.”

The study suggested a 36,000 seat open-air stadium in the downtown area and cites Minnesota’s Target Field as a model.

Montreal lost the Expos after the 2004 season. The franchise moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Nationals, suffering the same run of mediocrity the Expos went through during much of the 1970’s through the 1990’s. However, they broke a 21-year playoff drought in 2012, winning the NL East behind first-round pick phenoms Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. They finished in second place behind the Braves in 2013.

Obviously, this is far from becoming a reality, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate which teams would be a good fit. A’s it cold in here or just me?

  1. mikeevergreen - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    They can take the Chicago Cubs, and every brick of their stupid Wrigley Field, and ship them to downtown Montreal. You would think that a 100+ year World Series drought should carry the punishment of being kicked all the way out of the country.

  2. rodge1 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Yes, please make this happen and send Jeff Loria back up there!

    • drewsylvania - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Haven’t Montreal baseball fans suffered enough?

  3. billybawl - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    The first question to ask is whether Montreal is foolish enough to build a lavish ballpark at public expense? If the answer is “yes”, then, sure, I could see a team relocating there. If not, then the viability study is moot.

  4. El Bravo - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    “They finished in second place behind the Braves in 2013.”

    You damn right they did.

  5. dagetawayman421 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    If baseball were to put a team back in Montreal, they would also add another team in America. Get it up to 32 so that we don’t have Interleague play everyday (which is absurd!) Most likely destinations would be in the Carolinas since there’s so much minor league ball down there.

  6. yanmontreal - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    We love and baseball and missed it so much, yes it will comeback

  7. yanmontreal - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    We missed the baseball…it will comeback soon, but with a downtown stadium and a yankees,red sox,blue jays detroit and montréal division.

  8. patpatriot7 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Their still paying for the Olympic Stadium via cigarette and liquor taxes. Why would anyone want to go to Montreal where the only athletes they venerate have skates on and they boo the US National Anthem when an American team plays there?

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