There are still significant hurdles to be overcome that would preclude the plan from being in place until around 2023, according to reports. "I believe this concept is worthy of serious exploration".
The proposal, if approved, would mark the return of baseball to Montreal for the first time since 2004, when the Expos were relocated to Washington and became the Nationals.
The Rays set a franchise low attendance record earlier this year and have been seeking a new stadium option.
One major hurdle involves the stadium contract for Tropicana Field and the city of St. Petersburgh, FL where the Rays now play.
"I am committed to keeping baseball in Tampa Bay for generations to come".
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This plan is notably different in that the season would be clearly divided between the early-season games in Tampa and the balance of the season in Montreal - which is very different than the mad travel of the 2003 season, which on one occasion saw the Expos fly from Puerto Rico to Seattle. "And I have no intention of bringing this idea to our city council to consider", Kriseman said Thursday evening.
Sources tell ESPN that Bronfman and Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg have already reached an agreement with a developer for a potential new stadium in Montreal's Pointe-Saint-Charles neighborhood.
Montoyo, who played for the Expos in 1993 and spent four seasons on the Rays coaching staff, said that it would be "awesome" to have baseball back in Montreal, but he questioned the logistics of the operation. "This concept is definitely one that is of interest to my partners and me and we are looking forward to studying this further".
It's unclear how this plan would work out and whether or not the team would have to change its name.
Buckle up, Expos fans.
However, MLB was impressed in 2014 when a total of 96,350 fans packed the venue over a two-game pre-season set between the Blue Jays and New York Mets. A recent survey from Forum Research indicated 59 per cent of Quebecers would support a team in the province, though just 42 per cent of respondents said they would go to a game.