Delay by council surprises some GMs
By Thom Loverro
The Washington Times
November 10, 2004
Several of the general managers meeting here were stunned the D.C. Council yesterday delayed a vote to approve the building of a ballpark on the Anacostia riverfront, as specified in Major League Baseball's decision to move the Montreal Expos to the nation's capital.
"They're going to lose that team," one official said privately.
Some baseball people say there is more riding on the city council vote than the return of the majors to Washington. The integrity of the industry and the legacy of commissioner Bud Selig also is at stake, they say.
"We're going to look worse than the Arena Football League if this doesn't get done," one club official said.
Jim Bowden, the Washington club's new general manager, has tried to separate baseball matters from the political infighting that is putting the franchise relocation at risk, but it is impossible to separate the two. As he returned from an outdoor luncheon overlooking Biscayne Bay, the first words out of Bowden's mouth were, "What happened with the vote this morning?"
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