For now, MLB has not commented on Montreal’s exploration, waiting until the data is in.
The group already has commissioned architects to look into a downtown retractable-roof stadium, which Leblanc wants built with private financing, and he believes there’s enough interest in the business community to make it happen.
Cromartie, a South Florida radio talk show host who played for the Expos for 7½ years, gets the feeling that people in Montreal want baseball back. “They miss it. It was never about the fans, it was about the leadership, and except for Charles Bronfman, who was the only leader they ever had here, they didn’t have it,” said Cromartie.
“We have a lot to prove and we know that. It’s a long shot, but it’s a shot I’m willing to take so that we can have all of our facts and data together and present it to Major League Baseball.
“Montreal is a major league city. It has a [metropolitan] population of more than 4 million. It’s so much different than eight years ago. We have the population, the corporate presence, the hunger by the population that misses baseball and misses talking about baseball. I look at it like a scout. Montreal is a five-tool city. We have rich baseball history. Jackie Robinson played here.”