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The Montreal-Tampa Ex-Rays?

Jeff Katz
June 21, 2019 - 9:58 am

MLB's Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from the league to pursue playing home games in both Tampa Bay and Montreal. This coming on the heels of numerous failed attempts by the franchise to build an new stadium in the Tampa Bay area.

Under this proposed plan, the Rays would play early season home games in Tampa Bay and finish the season playing home games in Montreal, with both cities getting new stadiums. The exact number of home games in each city is unclear at this time. And because the Rays would play early season games in Florida, the need for a domed stadium in either city is removed, making both projects cheaper, according to ESPN.

There has been much talk of baseball returning to Montreal, which lost its beloved Expos when they became the Washington Nationals in 2005, and the business leadership in the city is largely behind it.

The plan is still in the very early stages, and there are many hurdles the Rays have to clear before this becomes reality, but this move signifies an extreme attempt to save baseball in Tampa Bay and even bring it back to Montreal.