Move over, Montreal. Vancouver is nudging into the MLB relocation/expansion discussion

Everyone’s focus on the Major League Baseball Expansion Into Canada front has been entirely on bringing the Montreal Expos back to life. But, thanks to executives from Major League Baseball going on two separate trips to B.C. Place in Vancouver in the last two years, attention is shifting west.

As Sean Fitz-Gerald reported in The Athletic on Wednesday, delegates from the Arizona Diamondbacks have visited Vancouver two times now. In 2018, members of the organization visited to get an idea as to whether B.C. Place would be a feasible temporary replacement for the Diamondbacks if Chase Field wasn’t available during renovations. The Diamondbacks are one of a few Major League teams seeking public funding for stadium renovations and have used relocation (to Vegas) as a lobbying technique.
A point of contact throughout the Diamondbacks’ visit through Vancouver was Bart Given of marketing firm TORQUE Strategies. Given, who served as a member of the Blue Jays’ front office back during the J.P. Riccardi days, has been an advocate for Major League Baseball to venture in Vancouver.
“We’re ready for Major League Baseball in Vancouver,” Given said. “I think …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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