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Canada’s team in the capital?

If the Blue Jays really want to be Canada’s team, ownership should sieze upon at least one (or preferably both) of the ideas floated today.

First, the idea of playing a series in Montreal resurfaced over at The Tao of Stieb. Every time this idea comes up, I get excited about it. Montreal is an astounding city. Any excuse to go there is a good one. A trip to see the Jays there? That would just be too good.

The second thing that came up is, if you can believe it, more exciting than the thought of a road trip to watch the Jays play in Montreal.

Rick Chiarelli, an Ottawa city councillor, went on record with the Ottawa Citizen to say that he’s “optimistic” about bringing baseball back to Ottawa.

A return of the Lynx would be great for baseball in this country, but Chiarelli went even further — he’s “been talking with Toronto Blue Jays officials” and that team officials have toured the stadium and were “impressed” with it.

Now Ottawa may not be as fun a destination as Montreal — it’s not even close, really — but the option of heading up to Ottawa to watch a Jays farm team pretty much whenever I want is one I’d choose over having one weekend of baseball in Montreal 10 times out of 10.

One hitch though is that any new team would need investors. The Citizen points out that “Ottawa participants do not need to be majority owners,” but maybe Eugene Melnyk heard the noise Daryl Katz made a while back and is feeling competitive? That’s probably unlikely, but it would be pretty fun to have two of Canada’s richest dudes getting involved in baseball, even if it would be at the minor league level.

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Making a demotion just that

The Edmonton Sun is reporting that Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz wants to buy a PCL team and move it to the Alberta capital. The team he’s reportedly targeting? Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s.

Of course, Pacific Coast League president Branch Rickey Jr. is denying everything. But “Edmonton Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge says that’s OK, that’s what he’s paid to say.”

By all accounts, Edmonton’s previous Triple-A team, the Trappers, were a success. Both on the field and in the stands — moving only for political and geographic reasons.

Personally, I hope Katz is able to pull this off. It’d do wonders for baseball in Canada and specifically for the Jays. Toronto likes to market itself as a Canadian team and this would go a long way toward proving that they are in fact Canada’s team. Hosting a series in Vancouver and/or Montreal would help as well, but I digress.

I know Toronto’s contract with Las Vegas expires after this season, but if the 51s move to Canada, the affiliation’s got to continue. Geographically, it’s not great, but it’d be too much of a marketing opportunity for someone like the Beest to pass up.

Speaking of the minors

Kyle Drabek, the key to the Roy Halladay deal, threw a no-hitter the other night for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Here, via Go Jays Go, is video of the final out.

(Two things to look for: The amazing sky in the background; and how quickly Drabek works. Love it.)

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