|Potential site for new ballpark|
One is predicting not only that the Rays will go kaput, but that the team will relocate to Montreal and the Expos will return.
That latest is from political commentator Keith Olbermann, who also happens to be an avid baseball maniac and friend of Tampa's ownership.
Olbermann argues that Montreal is the only real natural choice for moving the Tampa franchise because other candidates such as Portland and Sacramento would face opposition, as they would eat into other teams' fan base.
He points out that Montreal has a track record of supporting its baseball team, a fact obscured by the poor-attendances at the Big O in the post lockout years.
Olbermann said that the key would be to put the Expos into the AL East where we'd have a natural rivalry with Toronto and Boston, as well as the Yankees.
Those from outside the city seem to think that it's easy to just bang a new ballpark downtown but they probably don't remember the city core being as hot as it has been in the last few years.
I figure a new baseball stadium could be placed in the area around Bridge and Wellington, or Mill and Bridge, which doesn't have any nearby metro but is near the water and a short jaunt to Old Montreal via Mill.
It would be a fitting spot because the very earliest baseball games in Montreal were played on Mill.
Taylor Noakes has responded with a thoughtful and detailed post about this. I like his idea that our stadium could be built similar to that of Milwuakee, which has a neat retractable roof, although the one I really like is that which is being built in Hermosillo.