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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Brochu: We may dream, but time has passed the Expos by

Where even the Montreal Brochure gets cut short…

MLB would have difficulty justifying the location of a franchise in a city that would require revenue sharing subsidies from the beginning. A new franchise would need to be a contributor to revenue-sharing, not a recipient. Given our levels of disposable income and wealth in Montreal, and the knowledge that the Toronto Blue Jays receive significant revenue-sharing support, the bar would be set very high for potential Montreal investors looking to bring a franchise to Montreal.

Major League Baseball did not succeed at Olympic Stadium; nor would it be successful at the Hippodrome, the former Blue Bonnets site. To attract the all-important corporate clientele, a new ballpark would need to be built in the downtown area. The real estate that was available in and around the Peel St. basin is no longer available.

...Every baseball fan in Montreal has an explanation for the loss of the Expos. Some go back to Blue Monday, others to the lost 1994 season, others the fire sale in the spring of 1995, still others to the explosion of player salaries and our inability to compete, the absence of political will municipally and in the premier’s office, and, oh yes, me.

All of these opinions are valid to a point. But baseball is a business and it needs to be successful as a business to prosper and survive. It is as a business that the Expos failed, not on the field. And that responsibility rests with the ownership at the time.

We can dream of recapturing what was; unfortunately, time has passed us by.

Repoz Posted: August 13, 2011 at 01:13 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, expos, history, media

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   1. Gamingboy Posted: August 13, 2011 at 01:45 PM (#3899211)
Montreal never gonna be a MLB city again, barring some sort of bizarre circumstances or something. Best they can hope for would be maybe one day there will be a revival of the AAA Montreal Royales.
   2. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 13, 2011 at 02:17 PM (#3899222)
I'm taking the family to Montreal in a few weeks for a long weekend. A wonderful city, love the international flavor, and enjoyed going to see the Expos back in the day...but Stade Olympique was a lousy place to watch a game. In the 25 or so years between 1969 and the mid-1990s, the Expos had a rich history, hall-of-fame caliber players - but I think the stadium was a killer.
   3. Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: August 13, 2011 at 03:17 PM (#3899241)
Baseball in Montreal,
Hockey in Atlanta...
   4. RollingWave Posted: August 13, 2011 at 05:23 PM (#3899287)
Montreal never gonna be a MLB city again, barring some sort of bizarre circumstances or something. Best they can hope for would be maybe one day there will be a revival of the AAA Montreal Royales.

Well given the way the economy's going.....
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2011 at 06:05 PM (#3899300)
Best they can hope for would be maybe one day there will be a revival of the AAA Montreal Royales.

Has there been any kind of movement to land an AAA team? My guess is they would have to build a stadium, which may be unpalatable, but there is a rich minor league tradition in Montreal as well - its a shame there is no affiliated pro ball there right now.
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 13, 2011 at 06:30 PM (#3899310)
I haven't gotten to Montreal since 1997. That was the year Pedro Martinez started the year 8-0 in his first eight starts. Lucky me, I got to attend his ninth. We were also fortunate enough to visit the same week that a swarm of flying insects appeared, which we were told is an annual occurrence. They made our hotel balcony look like Joba Chamberlain's head. Fun trip, though.
   7. CFBF Was Killed By The Mad Queen Posted: August 13, 2011 at 07:04 PM (#3899321)
Expos fans certainly didn't lack for passion. I remember watching this game and being struck after Cliff Floyd's home run by how extraordinarily loud that stadium could get when there was just cause for it. That was the '02 season when the Expos hung around for a few months and Minaya made the infamous Colon trade.

Back in the days of the old Fanhome boards, the Expos forum was one of the liveliest on the site. It wasn't always a pleasant message board; the fans had been understandably embittered by the Loria years, and they tended to work out their anger on any non-Expos fan who wondered in. They didn't like statheads. And I was genuinely appalled by the way the board universally applauded Tomo Ohka for deliberately hitting Andruw Jones in the head in this game. Jones' crime was hitting two home runs. But if you were looking for passionate discussion of baseball, the Expos board was a must-read.
   8. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: August 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM (#3900142)
Montreal won't cotton to a minor-league team, for the same reason Orlando won't: they consider themselves a major-league city now, thank you very much. A similar situation occured when Quebec City tried to bring in a minor-league hockey team after the Nordiques left; they died quickly, despite a cool logo.

I think MLB in Montreal is po$$ible, if the $tar$ align properly...

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