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August 24, 2004 12:00 am
Neil DeMause checks in with the latest on the Expos saga. More extortion = more delays. And yes, this is not a reprint of old content.
That was Montreal Gazette baseball columnist Jack Todd, glumly assessing his hometown team's prospects, back in March...of 1999. Those were the days when "contraction" was only a gleam in Jerry McMorris' eye, when the Expos had local ownership--not a cabal of their 29 rivals--and when all of Quebec was still abuzz about which of those two kids, Peter Bergeron or Milton Bradley, would be Montreal's center fielder of the future.
It's going to be a close call, but Montreal's tenure could go on. MLB's just-completed owners' confab in Philadelphia may have succeeded in locking up Bud Selig as commissioner until he gets to be Julio Franco's age. But the long-awaited action on the Expos situation amounted to Bud's henchman Bob DuPuy informing suitor cities that he was still awaiting a bigger box of candy before selecting a winner. Following the earlier blow-off of a deadline at the All-Star break--and a still-earlier deadline of last year's All-Star break--baseball officials are now murmuring that a decision will be reached "by the end of the season"; BP readers and Expos fans used to these delays will be forgiven for wondering which season they mean.
December 20, 2002 6:42 pm
Major League Baseball's governing documents aren't intended for public consumption..
Major League Baseball's governing documents aren't intended for public consumption. But when I recently spent two quality hours with a 1999 edition of the Major League Agreement and Major League Rules, I took detailed notes of certain key provisions. I don't think any of these sections have been amended since then.
Orioles' owner Peter Angelos has repeatedly warned MLB against moving the Montreal Expos to Washington, D.C. or northern Virginia. But can he stop the move? That may depend on where the club would play.
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November 11, 2002 5:16 pm
"John Henry and the Red Sox were great to me. They were willing to pay me more money than I could believe. But it's more than money, I've never been about money. I made one decision based on money in my life--when I signed with the Mets rather than go to Stanford--and I promised I'd never do it again." --Billy Beane, Athletics general manager, on turning down an offer to join the Red Sox
RED SOX EMPLOYEES: PAST, PRESENT, AND NEARLY
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