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Businessman wants to bring Marlins to Puerto Rico

By PEDRO ZAYAS, Associated Press Writer


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The businessman who brought Montreal Expos games to Puerto Rico now wants to lure the Florida Marlins.


Antonio Munoz would like the Marlins to move to Puerto Rico permanently or at least consider playing some of their games there, as the Expos did from 2003-04. He said he will soon discuss his idea with the team to see if it is interested.


"We would like to see the Marlins play in Puerto Rico," Munoz said from the Dominican Republic in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.


Frustrated they have been unable to put together financing for a new ballpark in South Florida, the Marlins said Tuesday they have received permission from the commissioner's office to explore moving the franchise for the 2008 season.


Munoz paid millions in 2003 and 2004 to get the Montreal Expos to play more than 40 games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. The franchise moved to Washington and was renamed the Nationals before last season.


Munoz said Puerto Rico might consider building a new stadium for the Marlins.


"Puerto Rico is on notice to consider the construction of a new park and that is something that we could negotiate," he said.


Florida president David Samson said several cities have already shown an interest in becoming the club's new home.


Looking to slash payroll, the Marlins struck two tentative deals this week to trade three star players: first baseman Carlos Delgado, pitcher Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell.



I'm sorry, but I don't want to see the Marlins stay only to play 1/2 of their games in Puerto Rico.


Just saw it was already posted. plz delete.

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