Friday, November 25, 2005

WILL MARLINS GET LURED?

Antonio Munoz is the businessman who brought Montreal Expos games to Puerto Rico. Now he is in the process of luring the Florida Marlins. Antonio Munoz wants the Marlins to move to Puerto Rico permanently and if not permanently he wants that the team should at least consider playing some of their games there, the same way the Expos did from 2003-04. He is enticing the team and seems as if he is not going to leave any stone unturned to see the Marlins play in Puerto Rico.

The Marlins are frustrated because they have been unable to put together financing for a new ballpark in South Florida, and now when they have received permission from the commissioner's office to explore moving the franchise for the 2008 season. Munoz paid millions in 2003 and 2004 to get the Montreal Expos to play more than 40 games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. The franchise moved to Washington and was renamed the Nationals before last season. If Puerto Rico caters to all the needs of the team the Marlins won’t hesitate to relocate there. Several cities have already shown an interest in becoming the club's new home. The team due to their economic restrain has struck two provisional deals this week to trade three star players: first baseman Carlos Delgado, pitcher Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell.

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