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ESPN's Jeff Passan is reporting that MLB has given the Tampa Bay Rays permission to explore becoming a dual-city team, splitting their time between new stadiums in Tampa Bay and Montreal.

 

The last sentence of the piece touches on the name situation:

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It is too early in the process, sources said, to answer other questions, such as the name of the team or where playoff games would be held.

 

Can't think of an identity that would serve as a common cultural, historical, or even native wildlife link between the two cities, and I imagine Montrealers would want to bring back the Expos name, especially with the Bronfman family involved.

 

I wonder whether an Expos revival would use their original logos and uniforms, their 90s/00s look, or a new direction altogether.

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The Tampa Bay-Montreal Snowbirds. Their logo should be a bird waving out the window of an RV.

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MODERATOR COMMENT: We're going to have separate threads for this, so let's keep this discussion to team name/aesthetics only and all discussion about the plan itself over in Sports in General.

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This idea is WILD. This situation is going to be fodder for these boards for years. I can't wait to see the concepts.

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If there was ever a team destined to be called the "Wanderers"....

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9 minutes ago, charliehustle said:

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Two thoughts ...

 

1) History would make us speculate on a name like ...

  • Kansas City-Omaha Kings or New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets (Both cities in name under one nickname)
  • The Floridians (Nickname without geographical identifier -- bad example here, but they were a regional franchise).

2) Why not split the team identities? Have both the Montreal Expos and Tampa Bay Rays ... they're one franchise, but when they're in Montreal they're the Expos and the Rays while in Tampa. On the road you could maybe split that throughout the year?

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The Ex-Rays? It’s a double pun. Combining team names, and for the Rays leaving Florida for half their home games.

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22 minutes ago, bcon_731 said:

absurd isnt the good enough to describe all of this.  

Only slightly better than the Jacksonville/London Jaguars

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Split branding that's still similar. When they play in Tampa they still call themselves the Rays, in Montreal they tweak the name and become the Rois (Kings). Make the logo an R with a starburst. On the road they could just have the R as the chest logo to avoid favoritism.

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1 minute ago, simtek34 said:

The Ex-Rays? It’s a double pun. Combining team names, and for the Rays leaving Florida for half their home games.

Winner.

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Montreal-Tampa Bay Ex-Rays - The name would not only pay homage to the history of the Expos and Rays, but would also lend itself to a team logo depicting a radiograph of a player's skeleton. The  primary mark would, in turn, be emblematic of the dead-from-the-neck-up brainstorming that concocted this idea, the bare-bones revenues generated by such a two-city set-up, and the skeletal attendance that would result in both host markets.

Barring that, just go with The Bingo Sternberg Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings.     

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I'm imagining a really lazy execution until they inevitably move to Montreal full time. Like, they'll remain the Rays, but just change their away jerseys to say Montreal when they're up there, similar to the OKC Hornets

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Tampa Bay Dodge’s Follies

Tampa Bay Naimolian Numbskulls

Tampa Bay/Montréal Mistakes

Montréal Balles de Blue

 

In all seriousness, I kind of like Atlantic Wanderers or Atlantic Nomads.

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Just move them to Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Charlotte or Montreal and call it a day

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