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Discussion in 'Archive: The Arena' started by Zaz, May 6, 2009.

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  1. darthdrago

    darthdrago Jedi Master star 4

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    Serious question for any & all canucks:

    Are there no other major Canadian cities wanting a MLB franchise? Ever since the unloved Expos moved to DC and became the Nationals, that leaves Toronto alone north of the border. Do Vancouver, Winnipeg, or Ottawa want a team?
     
  2. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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    I'm not sure if there is a demand for a team in those cities but I think building a stadium is a big obstacle.
     
  3. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Vancouver lost their NBA franchise, so the omens aren't good.
     
  4. Drac39

    Drac39 Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I think MLB will branch out to south of the border rather than Canada again.
     
  5. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Europe rather than Mexico.

    But the NBA players absolutely *hated* Vancouver. They complained endlessly.
     
  6. SueAsideRide

    SueAsideRide Jedi Master star 4

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    Toronto and Montreal are the only two Canadian cities big enough for MLB, and all of our AAA minor league cities (Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver) have lost their teams too. Independent minor leagues have gone into a few Canadian cities, but that's probably going to be it for a while.

    Halladay was masterful yesterday. Awesome.
     
  7. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    It was fun to watch.
     
  8. ImpKnight

    ImpKnight Jedi Master star 3

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    Ottawa has a beautiful stadium in a bad location. We could not support the last AAA team. Baseball is just not big here. When the sports-talk shows talk baseball, people e-mail complaining that they aren't talking about hockey. Even today, after that great game last night, they didn't talk baseball. I think if they put the Jays AAA team here, it could work. I would go, and I only went to about 3 Lynx games. It has to be better than Vegas. At least the call-ups wouldn't have to travel far.
     
  9. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    That went well...not.
     
  10. Drac39

    Drac39 Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    You underestimate the draw of baseball in Latin America. They have a religious love for the game.
     
  11. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Baseball is quite popular in Vancouver, because several BC boys have made it to the bigs.
     
  12. darthdrago

    darthdrago Jedi Master star 4

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    It's a shame if Vancouver couldn't support an MLB franchise, perhaps in the American League (there's your irony for the day: it would make two Canadian teams in the American League).

    It would make it possible to round out the AL West to five teams, and could provide a rivalry to Seattle. Good rivalries do provide big business. It wouldn't be like Yankees-Red Sox, or Cardinals-Cubs, or Giants-Dodgers, but the AL West at least could use a real rivalry.

    Me, I just don't want my beloved Oakland A's to move--they're struggling to find a site for a local ballpark in the East Bay Area, and if they don't, then the periodic 'moving-to-a-new-city' rumors will start up again. "Vancouver Athletics" has a horrible ring to it. :p
     
  13. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    It beats the hell out of the Vancouver Mounties, which was the original name of the Grizzlies, so help me God.
     
  14. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    8-2 over the White Sox today.
     
  15. ImpKnight

    ImpKnight Jedi Master star 3

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    Eight runs is like 100 when Doc is on.
     
  16. Drac39

    Drac39 Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    The problem I see with Vancouver as a site is that it is close enough to Seatlle for the Mariners to claim to be their team. If it were done the AL West would be the only way to do it. If a new baseball team comes to Canada it will be a revived Expos
     
  17. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    I'm frankly not sure Vancouver could support a team, especially if the players don't want to be here, as happened in the NBA.
     
  18. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Today: 3-2 over the CWS.
     
  19. SueAsideRide

    SueAsideRide Jedi Master star 4

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    Four-game sweeps are awesome.

    Roy Halladay was named AL player of the week.
     
  20. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Well-deserved.
     
  21. Spiderfan

    Spiderfan Jedi Knight star 6

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    Ahem.
     
  22. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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  23. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Boston series starts today.
     
  24. Spiderfan

    Spiderfan Jedi Knight star 6

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    Had I known there was actual discussion of the Jays sooner I would have been here sooner. :p
     
  25. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    2-1 Boston. Damn.
     
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