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April 16, 2004

Steinbrenner to oppose D.C. team?

Nobody's ever accused Rocky Mountain News columnist Tracy Ringolsby of being the brightest bulb on the tree, but he does make a good point today, which is that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner could side with Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos in opposing a move of the Montreal Expos to D.C., for fear of the precedent it'd set should another team seek to horn in on the Yanks' territory by moving to New Jersey. With only eight teams needed to block a move, every vote will count, so this could marginally hurt D.C.'s chances - though not as much as MLB's continuing refusal to commit itself on the Expos' future until after stadium financing is approved, a stance that the league apparently reiterated yesterday, assuming we're reading it right.

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