Monday, July 12, 2004

Baltimore Sun: "MLB executive: Expos decision could come next month "

August owners meeting called 'good working goal' for relocation choice
By Ed Waldman
Sun Staff
Originally published July 12, 2004, 8:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON - The man leading the search for a new home for the Montreal Expos said Monday that he hopes Major League Baseball will have a decision by the owners' meeting next month in Philadelphia.

"I think that's a good working goal," said Bob DuPuy, MLB's president and chief operating officer, referring to the meeting scheduled Aug. 17-20. "The sooner we get it done, the better.

"It's just a matter of making a decision and getting things done," DuPuy said before a news conference honoring baseball's living 500 home run hitters.

He said MLB officials continue to meet with the candidates, and none has been eliminated. The contenders for the Expos include Washington; Northern Virginia; Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; Norfolk, Va.; Monterrey, Mexico, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Baseball has been looking for a new home for the Expos since it bought the team for $120 million from Jeffrey Loria in February 2002 in a complicated deal that allowed Loria to buy the Florida Marlins and then-Marlins owner John Henry to buy the Boston Red Sox.

At MLB's last owners meeting in June, league executives had expressed hope that a new Expos home could be announced by the All-Star break.

"When the decision is made, it will be made," DuPuy said. "It is difficult to have each step of your process analyzed. When the commissioner makes a decision and we've got an agreement in place, we'll announce it.

"I believe it will happen this summer. I think it's very important that we get it done this year."

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My Gosh, they may actually get the deal done this time. - Maury