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They did well by the Padres a few years back...

Monterrey Makes Bid for Expos
By Mark Asher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 2, 2003; Page D05

Monterrey, Mexico, yesterday joined San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a bidder to host the Montreal Expos' 81 home games next season if Major League Baseball has not relocated the team permanently by then, a Monterrey businessman said.

Carlos Bremer, chief executive officer of Value Investment Group, which manages a $1.3 billion portfolio, said in a telephone interview he and Monterrey Mayor Felipe Cantu met with MLB vice presidents John McHale and Tom Ostertag on July 21. Bremer said they told him to submit a proposal within two weeks in order to be considered for 2004. The bid was submitted yesterday.

MLB officials and a spokesman did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Monterrey, a city of 1.3 million with one of the country's most vibrant economies, is located about 150 miles southwest of McAllen, Tex. The 1999 MLB regular season opener there drew a sellout crowd of 27,104 for the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies; a three-game regular season series between the Padres and New York Mets drew about 70,000 fans in 1996.

Bremer, a longtime baseball fan, declined to discuss financial terms of his proposal.

Jose Maiz, one of his partners in the bid, owns the three-time champion Monterrey Sultans of the Class AAA Mexican League and the team's stadium that opened in 1990. Maiz said the ballpark could be expanded to 30,000 next season by adding outfield bleacher seats.

Bremer also said the city would bid for the permanent relocation of the Expos in 2005. Maiz, who also owns a construction company, said the ballpark could be expanded to 40,000 for about $50 million..

The MLB officials with whom he met, Bremer said, "told me they think we have a very strong story because of the stadium, because of Maiz, because of baseball, because of Mexico and [its population], because of all the Latino people who live in the United States."

The District, Northern Virginia and Portland, Ore., are bidding for the Expos in 2004, but none has completed a public financing plan for a new ballpark, a requisite for permanent relocation. Although MLB insists it still wants to relocate the Expos next season, baseball industry sources now expect no permanent move before 2005.

The Expos players steadfastly oppose playing next year in two "home" cities. Antonio Muoz Sr., who is promoting 22 games in his native Puerto Rico this season, said in June he had proposed all 81 games on the island in 2004 and that he was awaiting a response from MLB officials.

Muoz yesterday said he has not received a counter offer but expects MLB officials to begin talks next week.


2003 The Washington Post



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I wish MLB didn't have all these options to weight...it's only going to prolong the whole process of finding a permanent home for this team. Keeping the team in limbo until Washington can get a stadium deal done is BS. If they don't have something ready to go, screw them. Contract the Expos and let DC wait in line for an expansion team when/if they get their act together. I'm sure the fact that MLB is taking forever with this whole deal isn't exactly motivating the DC people to get themselves organized, but the threat of being stuck with an expansion franchise rather than an established club stocked with young talent just might.
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I don't care HOW bad they are. Just having to wear the "WE ARE FAM-I-LY" yellow unis is bad enough. Egads. I think if, say, Youppi had gotten decked there would be no suspension at all, let's just leave it at that.
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