The Montreal baseball conglomerate would not be very interested in the idea of investing a lot of money to have a full-time team in Montreal, whether for relocation or an expansion team.
Garber attributed the lack of interest to the astronomical cost associated with a team playing a season from April to October.
“Playing 162 games is a lot in today’s culture and attention span. I believe baseball is dead to us and I don’t want to keep doing this all the time,” as told by Danny Gallagher of the Canadian Baseball Network Garber accepted in an email exchange.
A proposed sister cities project with the city of Tampa to share presentation of home games was rejected by MLB in January and was a tile that fell on baseball fans’ heads.
Worse yet, when the news spread, we also learned that the group had no plan B in case of failure.
Discussions about the Sister Cities project began in 2019 and hopes were rekindled that Montreal could once again have a professional baseball team. Montreal would have hosted approximately 40 games, while Tampa Bay would have hosted the other half of the team’s home games.
Besides Montreal, the main candidates to host a Major League team are Charlotte, Portland, Nashville and Las Vegas.