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Seems like it would make more sense to have the Nats play than the Mets.
Are you just asking for trouble doing that though? If it's the Mets it's just another team with the added benefit of being able to honor Carter. If it's the Nats you are more likely to stir up bad blood that goes against what you are trying to do.
I know it's probably been discussed before, but is it possible for Montreal to grab an International League team and build a stadium that could possibly be expanded in the future? The bigger AAA stadiums can hold close to 15,000 people. I know that isn't even close to ML standards, but it seems like it could be a possible path to bring ML baseball back to Montreal.
Possible in theory, but highly unlikely in reality. I don't see any way that MLB would return to Montreal without a retractable-roof stadium, so Montreal would essentially have to build an MLB-caliber ballpark on spec for the IL team. (Even if Montreal was a warm-weather location, the infrastructure needed for an ML team (clubhouses, offices, concessions, suites, etc.) is substantially greater than that for a Triple-A team. I can't think of any current 3A ballparks that would be candidates to be expanded for ML purposes.)
I dunno, maybe I'm just a sentimental fool, but I guess I see the "Nats coming home for a visit" angle rather than the "salt in wounds" angle.
I was just throwing it out there for discussion (and thanks for replying). It would honestly have to be a stadium that was built with the purpose of being expanded (doubt it would happen).
I can't think of any current 3A ballparks that would be candidates to be expanded for ML purposes.
Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field?
Right, which is probably what's keeping Montreal without any affiliated baseball. The same conundrum has made it tough to get facilities built elsewhere, e.g., Las Vegas. Vegas has one of the worst 3A ballparks in the country, but the local government has resisted building a new 3A park because it wants MLB instead. Portland and Orlando might also belong on this list.
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