Pro baseball will indeed return to Montreal in the form of the independent Can-Am League for a day, as the Quebec Capitales and Trois-Rivieres Aigles will play an exhibition at Gary Carter Stadium.
The exhibition game is set for Saturday, May 11 at Montreal’s Ahuntsic Park at 7:30 p.m. Last October the baseball field at the park was renamed after former Expos great Gary Carter.
There has been no pro baseball in Montreal since the Expos departed for Washington, D.C., in 2004. The two teams are representing Quebec: the Capitales, who play at Quebec City’s Stade Municipal, have captured the previous four Can-Am League championships. Meanwhile, the Aigles are in their first season of play at Stade Fernand-Bedard.
Despite the long period since the departure of the Expos, baseball is a hot topic among sports fans in the city. An effort by Mandalay Baseball to bring Class AA baseball to the city fizzled, while former Expo Warren Cromartie has formed a committee to research the feasibility of MLB returning to the city.
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