Montreal's Olympic Stadium Ranked #7 Worst Major League Baseball Stadium Of All Time
But we still love our Expos!
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Montreal has a somewhat sordid history with Major League Baseball. Back in what is now the idealized past of the late 90s/early 2000s, the city still had a MLB team, the nostalgia-tastic Expos, but Montreal's rep as a city bad for baseball existed well before the Expos' migration to Washington. Apparently Montreal's has been awful when it comes to baseball since '69.
In a ranking of the worst MLB ballparks of all time, Sporting News has placed Montreal on this list, not once, but two times. A little harsh, though given the reasoning, it's hard not to deny that Montreal's ballparks kinda deserve to be on the list.
Ranked at #7 on the list is the Olympic Stadium, home of the Expos from 1977-2004. The major point of criticism for the Big O is the retractable roof, which wasn't even completed 'til 1987, and then closed up in 1992, with many annoying tears in between. SN adds the '94 strike and the hot mess that was the Expos' management to their reasoning on the #7 ranking, which is hard to deny.
Topping the Olympic Stadium a full two spots ahead at #5 is Jarry Park, the temporary home of the Expos from 1969 to 1976. Temporary is a loose term here, as the team stayed at Jarry Park for seven years. SN Jarry Park as the result of "hundreds of those aluminum bleachers you see at Little League baseball fields...pieced...all together," which isn't the most flattering of descriptions.
Montreal may have ranked twice on this list, but we can rest easy that we're not as bad as Toronto, who claimed the top spot with their Exhibition Stadium. Sometimes you just need to look on the brighter side, or in this case, the more awful side, to get a boost in confidence.
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