Saturday, August 07, 2004

Baseball looks at N.Va. ballpark plan

By Eric Fisher

Major League Baseball's relocation committee met Thursday with leaders of Northern Virginia's bid, the latest step in its much-delayed deliberations on the future of Montreal Expos.

The trip, led by MLB president Bob DuPuy and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, centered on both the commonwealth's financing plan and land acquisition for a proposed stadium in Loudoun County. MLB officials did not meet with any leaders from the District, which has its own bid for the Expos.

"There's nothing to read into that," said a industry source familiar with the session. "The Northern Virginia bid has more moving parts, the inclusion of the developers. There's more things that need to be clarified." That said, the relocation committee's attention, as it has since late May, remains squarely focused on the District and Northern Virginia, according to several baseball sources. Four other candidates — Norfolk; Monterrey, Mexico; Portland, Ore., and Las Vegas — have not been eliminated, but lately little time has been spent on their bids. MLB commissioner Bud Selig said last month the other Expos' bidder — San Juan, Puerto Rico — no longer is being considered.

Read the entire article here on the Washington Times website.