The Marlins ownership are basically day traders with players being stock. It's crazy that this same team has been involved in salary dump trades -- and big trades -- three times in the last 15 years. I have to say that I never liked the Marlins but I think they have moved to the the top of list of most hated.
His point is thus: The Rays face an uphill battle to get public money for a new ballpark in a market that's less than optimal anyway. Old, poor, transplants, has bizarre geography that means the best place for a park is somewhere in the middle of Tampa Bay. With the Loria move, any chance of public funding is gone. So move the Rays to Montreal.
Admittedly there are holes all over that idea - who's going to own a Montreal team, will it be Sternberg? He's going to be paying for a stadium in Montreal because nobody in Quebec is ponying up more than a small sum of money.
But there's also some sound logic to it - the Loria move has become such a big deal that it will surely have a knock-on effect for the same team in the same state. The Rays are much better run, but not so much better that any trade of an expensive player is not going to be held against them as proof that they will be just like Jeff Loria if they get a new park.
And Montreal is better than any market that doesn't already have a team. And probably better than Tampa itself. The only place that would be better than Montreal is the New York/New Jersey area and I just don't think Sternberg will ever convince the Yankees/Mets to allow a third team.
There has been at least a little smoke about it lately, too. Some investors met with the mayor last year, there are claims the Rays are interested...oh, I wouldn't be dusting off Youppi's Expos jersey or anything, but it's plausible.
It would certainly be something if Loria's fire sale led to the return of baseball in Montreal.
In some ways this city is well prep'd for a MLB team. There's a stadium — originally planned for baseball — which would need a bit of retrofitting but could do the job. There's money. A fast growing population base of almost 2.5 million. And, given the demographics, more potential fan interest than ever. If franchises are on the move, I wouldn't be surprised if someone here took a flyer.
The Trout vs Cabrerra debate, while not important in itself, has revealed just how closed-minded and ignorant many of America's "leading" sportswriters really are. They don't seem to understand that the "stat geeks" aren't just making up metrics, they're describing what is actually happening in the game.
They also don't seem to know the definition of "intangible" and they also fail to recognize that the Angels had a better record than the Tigers.