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  • Nellie Fox
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    Originally posted by 34rancher View Post
    I’ll throw Vegas into the mix. Wouldn’t surprise me at all and had some roots too.
    That'd be interesting, since Oakland just lost the Raiders to Vegas.

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  • 34rancher
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    I’ll throw Vegas into the mix. Wouldn’t surprise me at all and had some roots too.

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  • JazzyCyclist
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    Originally posted by PaleHoser View Post
    Montreal would support an American League team. With 38 games against Toronto and Boston annually (and build off the hockey rivalries), they'd print money.

    Montreal didn't lose the Expos. Jeffrey Loria and Bud Selig killed that franchise so they could move it.

    Jeffrey Loria was the worst owner in baseball in the last 50 years. That man single-handedly destroyed two franchises (remember he ran the Marlins into the ground too) and his punishment was to be made a billionaire.
    This.

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  • PaleHoser
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    Montreal would support an American League team. With 38 games against Toronto and Boston annually (and build off the hockey rivalries), they'd print money.

    Montreal didn't lose the Expos. Jeffrey Loria and Bud Selig killed that franchise so they could move it.

    Jeffrey Loria was the worst owner in baseball in the last 50 years. That man single-handedly destroyed two franchises (remember he ran the Marlins into the ground too) and his punishment was to be made a billionaire.

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  • whitesox5187
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    Originally posted by LITTLE NELL View Post

    I follow the Rays closely and their hasn't been much talk larely about the Rays playing some games in Montreal.
    I think the pandemic put those plans on hold, though it looks like in March the Rays owner was still talking up the possibility of using Montreal as a second home: https://www.draysbay.com/2021/3/26/2...-stadium-plans

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  • Lipman 1
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    If the A's move (I doubt it) here are the top five possibilities:

    https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/o...nd-if-as-move/

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  • Tommy John
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    Originally posted by Hitmen77 View Post

    IF the A's were to move, I would think MLB would want to keep them in the western U.S. Moving them to Nashville would create geographical problems in the AL West and would require more realignment.



    That would be my guess. Oakland has already lost the Raiders and Warriors (to San Francisco), it would be a huge blow for them to lose 3 major sports franchises in such a short amount of time.



    I'm old enough to remember when people were talking about the A's moving to Denver as being nearly a done deal in the late 70s.
    They nearly moved to Chicago as well. When the Sox were headed to Seattle in 1975, the A’s were rumored to be moving to Comiskey Park to replace them. Their lease with Oakland ran through 1987, so I am sure that city would have fought to keep them, so who knows what would have happened.

    Dave Condon of the Tribune was all for this move, practically leading cheers for it in his column. Rick Talley also seemed to think it was a fine idea, at one point sneering that he couldn’t understand the mentality of Sox fans who didn’t want to trade their team for “champions with mustaches.”

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  • Lipman 1
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    Originally posted by LITTLE NELL View Post

    Why Montreal, they had their chance. Charlotte or Nashville are better choices.

    If the A's do move to another city that will make it 4, they failed in Philadelphia, Kansas City and now probably Oakland. Their stadium was horrible from the day they moved to the Mausoleum back in 1968.
    Montreal also didn't have a good stadium and as a small market franchise the labor unrest in 1994-95 killed them. In my opinion, with a new stadium, which has been discussed they'd be a great addition.

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  • Dumpjerry
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    If the ATLANTA Braves were once considered a "West" team, anything is possible. Or maybe Plate Techtonics moved the city of Atlanta eastward around 1993?

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  • Hitmen77
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    Originally posted by thomas35forever View Post

    Not necessarily. It's simply a matter of having the A's and Royals switch divisions IMO. The Astros and Rangers aren't that far from Missouri's western border, though I definitely can see the Angels and Mariners objecting to having to travel further to play another divisional opponent three times a year. I guess we'll see.
    True.

    Manfred seems to want radical re-alignment anyway, so who knows where teams will end up a few years down the road.

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  • thomas35forever
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    Originally posted by Hitmen77 View Post

    IF the A's were to move, I would think MLB would want to keep them in the western U.S. Moving them to Nashville would create geographical problems in the AL West and would require more realignment.
    Not necessarily. It's simply a matter of having the A's and Royals switch divisions IMO. The Astros and Rangers aren't that far from Missouri's western border, though I definitely can see the Angels and Mariners objecting to having to travel further to play another divisional opponent three times a year. I guess we'll see.

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  • Hitmen77
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    Originally posted by Dumpjerry View Post
    I pointed out in a similar thread a year or so ago that Nashville is a perfect landing spot for a MLB team. It is less than a day's drive from many MLB cities (AL and NL) for visiting teams' fans to road trip. Short plane flight for many others, Like New York. The city is fun to visit. They have had no trouble supporting their NHL and NFL teams. The other cities that come up don't have the same geographic advantages.
    IF the A's were to move, I would think MLB would want to keep them in the western U.S. Moving them to Nashville would create geographical problems in the AL West and would require more realignment.

    Originally posted by HomeFish View Post
    Not sure how serious this is - looks more like it might be MLB trying to put some pressure on Oakland to get a deal done, or make the current deal more favorable to the A's.
    That would be my guess. Oakland has already lost the Raiders and Warriors (to San Francisco), it would be a huge blow for them to lose 3 major sports franchises in such a short amount of time.

    Originally posted by Chez View Post
    Seems like we have an "A's are relocating" thread every year or two.
    I'm old enough to remember when people were talking about the A's moving to Denver as being nearly a done deal in the late 70s.

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  • LITTLE NELL
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    Originally posted by whitesox5187 View Post

    Doesn't Tampa have some sort of deal with them? I'm not sure if that extends to territorial rights.
    I follow the Rays closely and their hasn't been much talk lately about the Rays playing some games in Montreal.
    Last edited by LITTLE NELL; 05-12-2021, 12:23 PM.

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  • TDog
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    I actually don't think the A's will move, not out of Northern California anyway. The proposed stadium development is a good one, particularly for a place like Oakland, which doesn't have a lot going for it. It would actually establish a ferry route between two MLB parks, which would be kind of cool.

    I dislike Oakland intensely. My wife will no longer go to games there (a pre-pandemic policy), although we once caught the ferry to go to a Giants game (not really the best plan if the game runs long and you are hooking up with the BART to get out of Oakland -- the night we did it was the game where Buster Posey was injured in extra innings). In the end, I don't think the A's are going anywhere. They probably should have stayed in Kansas City,if not Philadelphia, but they've run out of continent and are probably better off making it work in California (as much as my baseball friends in Portland might disagree).

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  • whitesox5187
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    Originally posted by Lipman 1 View Post

    Exactly. If they go, let them go to Montreal.
    Doesn't Tampa have some sort of deal with them? I'm not sure if that extends to territorial rights.

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