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Winners and Losers of a MLB Team's Would-Be Return to Montreal
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It's been nearly a decade since a regular season MLB game has been played in Montreal, but baseball fans in Canada's second-largest city may not have to wait another decade to see America's pastime return.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Montreal Baseball Project, a group headed by former Expos star Warren Cromartie and Michael Leblanc, head of the Montreal Board of Trade, have been working for more than a year to bring a MLB team back to Montreal.

While expansion certainly isn't in the cards for MLB, franchise relocation could be. The last time a MLB team was relocated was back in 2005, when the Expos moved south and became the Washington Nationals. 

It's all speculation, of course, but the Tampa Bay Rays come to mind as a possible candidate to move—and it's the team that Cafardo speculates about as well.

Cromartie isn't optimistic about a move of the Rays (or any current team), but he's not willing to give up on the city he called home for nearly a decade without a fight:

“We have a lot to prove and we know that. It’s a long shot, but it’s a shot I’m willing to take so that we can have all of our facts and data together and present it to Major League Baseball."

If Tampa Bay did relocate to Montreal, the impact would be felt far beyond their respective city limits.

Let's take a look at who the biggest winners and losers would be should such a move take place.

 

Spoiler Alert: The winners far outnumber the losers.

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