i don't think it's really any worse than the other 70s stadiums like three rivers/riverfront/the vet. which admittedly isn't saying much
― mookieproof, Friday, 31 March 2017 23:26 (two years ago) link
Now, just because a group of investors have met MLB’s conditions, it does not mean baseball’s return to Montreal is imminent.
no, it means manfred has a francophone stick with which to beat the local oakland and tampa governments
― mookieproof, Friday, 31 March 2017 23:31 (two years ago) link
― Van Horn Street, Saturday, 1 April 2017 02:50 (two years ago) link
― mookieproof, Saturday, 1 April 2017 02:53 (two years ago) link
― Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 1 April 2017 03:13 (two years ago) link
French government has been trying to reform that accent out of existence since 2008. You could say it is a bit like the Expos.
― Van Horn Street, Saturday, 1 April 2017 03:59 (two years ago) link
id say i liked the view from my cheap seats better than i ever enjoyed the view from the cheap seats at the skydome.
― why ruin a good tradition? (Will M.), Saturday, 1 April 2017 18:44 (two years ago) link
― mookieproof, Friday, 14 July 2017 18:14 (two years ago) link
I guess it's not universally accepted that manfred's just yapping to get Oakland and TB their taxpayer parks
― qualx, Friday, 14 July 2017 22:15 (two years ago) link
i'm sure that's part of it, but . . . the rockies paid a $95m expansion fee in 1992. the new las vegas team in the nhl just paid $500m. a new baseball team would be $1b at least, i would think, of straight-up free money? even split 30 ways that's a lot
― mookieproof, Friday, 14 July 2017 23:27 (two years ago) link
i don't think it'll happen before those two teams get their parks though. really, they need to be relocated before anyone even thinks about expansion, but that isn't coming from a $$ standpoint.
i agree with AGon though, if the goal of mexico expansion is to open up the entire country's market and/or diplomatic baseball reasons, it doesn't need to be a logistical nightmare like mexico city. monterrey is at least a hell of a lot closer to the rest of the league and shorter than denver by several thousand feet.
― qualx, Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:06 (two years ago) link
Jered Weaver in a brutalist bullpen would think his fastball is roughly 110 mph.
― Andy K, Saturday, 15 July 2017 02:07 (two years ago) link
Montreal can't afford a new ballpark/billionaire's scam. Montreal can't afford a new ballpark/billionaire's scam. Montreal can't afford a new ballpark/billionaire's scam.
― Van Horn Street, Saturday, 15 July 2017 02:41 (two years ago) link
otm. isn't carey price enough?
― mookieproof, Saturday, 15 July 2017 03:35 (two years ago) link
― clemenza, Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:29 (two years ago) link
― Andy K, Sunday, 30 July 2017 02:42 (two years ago) link
― mookieproof, Sunday, 30 July 2017 05:23 (two years ago) link
Posnanski pointed out the other day how incredibly close they were during their Expos years:
Games played in Montreal:
Tim Raines: 1,452Andre Dawson: 1,443
WAR in Montreal:
Tim Raines: 48.5Andre Dawson: 48.1
― clemenza, Sunday, 30 July 2017 13:49 (two years ago) link
This video is worth checking out. Stick around until the end, the last throw they show is unbelievable.
― earlnash, Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:00 (one year ago) link
I remember when Ellis Valentine got hit in the face with a pitch and wore this helmet. Always thought this was a pretty cool card.
Lot of big name players in that Valentine clip. I believe that is Dale Murphy in that one against the Braves.
― earlnash, Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:02 (one year ago) link
jacksonville expos cap circa 1985-90. nice
― mookieproof, Friday, 1 February 2019 18:11 (nine months ago) link
― mookieproof, Saturday, 6 July 2019 21:25 (four months ago) link
Pitching another monster game through 5 (59 strikes, 19 balls!).
Somewhat related: going to the Canadian HOF for the first time on Wednesday. I hope there's more than a Fergie Jenkins jersey and a couple of Joey Votto's bats...
― clemenza, Saturday, 6 July 2019 21:49 (four months ago) link
For a long time I just assumed Tim Raines was canadian because he got inducted there.
― Van Horn Street, Sunday, 7 July 2019 16:00 (four months ago) link
Would love to learn why LB Pearson is inducted if you can report for me.
― Van Horn Street, Sunday, 7 July 2019 16:03 (four months ago) link
My guess would be he had a hand in getting Montreal a team--he was PM up till '68? I think there are a bunch of non-Canadian Jays and Expos in there.
― clemenza, Sunday, 7 July 2019 17:25 (four months ago) link
"Canada’s 14th Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson, was a fine all-around athlete who participated in a variety of sports, including hockey, football, rugby, basketball and lacrosse. But baseball was Pearson’s true passion. He suited up alongside his brother, Vaughan, with the Guelph Maple Leafs of the Ontario Intercounty Baseball League and attended games at Toronto’s famed Hanlan’s Point stadium as a youngster.
Later in life, the Nobel Peace Prize winner served as an honorary board member with the Montreal Expos. After his death, the Pearson Cup, named in his honour, was presented to the winner of an annual exhibition game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos from 1978 to 1986."
So...he liked baseball seems to be the reason.
― clemenza, Sunday, 7 July 2019 17:27 (four months ago) link
― clemenza, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 13:11 (one month ago) link
In a word--three words--no, probably not (says Neil Paine).
― clemenza, Saturday, 26 October 2019 19:50 (three weeks ago) link