Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MLB Expansion on Hold until Oakland and Tampa Bay Get New Stadiums

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MLB Expansion on Hold until Oakland and Tampa Bay Get New Stadiums

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Major League Baseball expansion on hold

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MIAMI - There are two major hurdles standing in the way of Major League Baseball possibly returning to Montreal: Oakland and Tampa Bay.

Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with media on Monday during an All-Star Game town hall meeting where he said MLB will continue to delay any plans for expansion until after the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays get new ballparks.

"I think it would be difficult to convince the owners to go forward with an expansion until those situations are resolved," said Manfred.

"Once they're done, I think we have some great candidates," Manfred said. "I know the mayor of Montreal has been very vocal about bringing baseball back to Montreal. It was not great when the Expos left. The fact of the matter was baseball was successful in Montreal for a very long time. …

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