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Bud Selig: Montreal would be 'excellent candidate' for team

Bud Selig: Montreal would be 'excellent candidate' for team Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that the city of Montreal is an "excellent candidate" for an MLB team, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Speaking at a press conference the day of the All-Star Game, Selig also said there's "a lot of work to do" as far as Montreal getting a new stadium, seemingly necessary for professional baseball to return to Quebec.

The Montreal Expos played in the city from 1969-2004, but ultimately moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Nationals after failed attempts to get a new stadium for the Expos. Montreal played at Olympic Stadium from 1977 until the team's departure.

MLB games were played in Montreal earlier this year for the first time since the Expos left when the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets played a pair of spring exhibition games at Olympic Stadium in March. Selig called the exhibitions "very impressive" on Tuesday.

It's unclear whether Selig was referring to Montreal's potential MLB candidacy in regards to an expansion team or another team's relocation. There are currently no plans for MLB to expand.

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