Montreal Times - - Front Page - By: Bon­nie Wurst - mtl­

Mayor Valérie Plante has an­nounced she is ready to talk base­ball. She is sched­uled to meet with base­ball pro­mot­ers Stephen Bronf­man and Mitch Gar­ber to dis­cuss how to move for­ward and the pos­si­bil­ity of bring­ing a team back to Mon­treal.

This comes on the heels of her well-noted ab­sence by base­ball fans at last week’s ex­hi­bi­tion games at the Olympic Sta­dium be­tween the Blue Jays and the Car­di­nals - but some mem­bers of her team did, and they took part in pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions with Bronf­man and Gar­ber.

Last week Bronf­man said he had 'no in­ten­tion of seek­ing money from Mon­treal tax­pay­ers, but he does need help from Plante'. Dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, Plante said she would hold a ref­er­en­dum to con­sult Mon­treal­ers first, as she re­fused to spend tax­pay­ers’ money on a new base­ball sta­dium with­out do­ing so - and the fact Bronf­man was not look­ing for cash ap­pears to be what has prompted her to move for­ward.

Plante is ready to lis­ten, but there is no ques­tion right now of of­fer­ing land to the pro­mot­ers for a new base­ball sta­dium. Although the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion was very keen on bring­ing base­ball back, they were un­able to set­tle on a site for a new sta­dium.

This also comes on the heels of the pass­ing of Rusty Staub 'Le Grand Orange' last week - which brought Mon­treal base­ball fans to­gether, rem­i­nisc­ing about the Ex­pos and in­spir­ing the cries to bring base­ball back to this city.

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