Friday, September 24, 2004

Panel backs D.C. bid; owners' vote due soon

By Eric Fisher
Fri. Sept. 24, 2004

MILWAUKEE — Major League Baseball's relocation committee yesterday made a strong case before the game's executive council to move the Montreal Expos to the District, setting up a decisive vote among the owners next week.

During a three-hour meeting here, a final decision on the beleaguered Expos' new home was not made, and the committee did not issue a formal recommendation. But several sources familiar with the proceedings say the word unquestionably will arrive before the regular season ends Oct. 3 and that the District's bid retains a strong, if not insurmountable lead for the Expos.

The Expos file has now been handed off to MLB commissioner Bud Selig and the eight-owner executive council, which most likely will convene a conference call vote of all owners. Twenty-one of the other 29 owners must approve a relocation.

"We're down to the short strokes now," said one MLB executive present in the meetings.

Said Drayton McLane, Houston Astros owner and a member of the executive council, "I think we're awfully close to making a decision."

Read the entire article here on the Washington Times website.