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Q Will there be any other scheduling quirks?

Normally, when American and National League teams share the same market -- Mets-Yankees, White Sox-Cubs, A's-Giants, Dodgers-Angels -- the schedule-makers try to avoid having both teams play at home at the same time. For example, in September, the Mets and Yankees shared home dates only twice.

_____ Baseball Returns to D.C. _____
 D.C. Baseball
Bud Selig announces that the troubled Montreal Expos will move to Washington, returning baseball to the nation's capital for the 2005 season.
While the Expos aren't very good now, they have loads of potential.
News Graphic: Time to settle down
Q&A on the new team
Graphic: Meet your Expos (PDF).
Survey: What should we call D.C.'s new team?  |  Discuss.
After having RFK to itself for eight years, D.C. United will share.
Details sketchy on how regional sports network would operate.
There was a time when the Expos were the envy of all of baseball.
News Graphic: Coming full circle.
D.C. region has suffered through an endless number of close calls.
 D.C. Baseball
City officials, led by Mayor Anthony A. Williams, gleefully celebrate the end of a generation of frustration.
District's offer described as very generous.
News Graphic: Stadium strategy
A majority of the D.C. Council supports the mayor's stadium plan.
When the hoopla dies down, will D.C. still have baseball fever?
In Virginia, some blame Gov. Warner for failure to lure Expos.
More than 50 years ago, it was Baltimore that needed D.C.'s help.
Orioles management had little to say Wednesday about the news.
Expos final home game is marred by unruly fan behavior.

_____ Post Columnists  _____
Thomas Boswell: We are finally getting exactly what we wished for.
Sally Jenkins: D.C. is getting a bad team and a potential financial mess.
Michael Wilbon: There are only four choices for the name of the new club.
Mike Wise: Talk to the old Nats, you realize baseball never left.
George Solomon: Finally, Shirley Povich is looking down and smiling.
Marc Fisher: Baseball's challenge is to connect with the black kids.

_____ Multimedia  _____
 D.C. Baseball
Video: D.C. residents have mixed feelings about the relocation.
Video: D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams makes the announcement.
Video: In 2003, a D.C. official details improvements to RFK.
Video: The Post's Garcia-Ruiz on what still needs to be done at RFK.
Audio: Ex-Senators announcer Ron Menchine on the proposed move.
Audio: Ex-announcer Bob Wolf says D.C. team, Orioles can thrive.

_____ Live Online  _____
Post's Tom Heath was online Thursday. Read the transcript.
The Post's J.J. McCoy took questions before Wednesday's announcement. Read the transcript.

_____ On Our Site  _____
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The District has been without major league baseball for more than 30 years. Look back at a visual history of the Washington Senators.
Eighty years ago, the Senators won their only world championship.
What's your opinion?


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Q Who owns the team?

As of today, the Expos are still owned by Major League Baseball. The team will be put up for bid and MLB will choose the new owners.

Q What will the Washington team be called?

The team's new owners will pick a name. The Washington Baseball Club has said it would seek public input. City officials have expressed reluctance to return to the name "Senators" since the District has no voting representation in Congress.

Q Will the entire team just be moved south?

The players' contracts stay with the franchise. The situation for front office personnel is less clear; President Tony Tavares and Manager Frank Robinson have expressed interest in remaining with the team, but their contracts expire after the season.

Q How soon can Washington expect to host an All-Star Game?

The past four all-star games were held in new parks: Minute Maid Park, Houston; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago; Miller Park, Milwaukee; Safeco Field, Seattle. The next two -- 2005 at Comerica Park (Detroit), 2006 at PNC Park (Pittsburgh) -- were awarded on the same basis. If the new ballpark is ready, Washington could bid for the 2008 or 2009 All-Star Game.

Q Who are the minor league teams for the Expos?

This season, the Class AAA club was the Edmonton Trappers; the Class AA team was, coincidentally, the Senators, of Harrisburg, Pa. There were three Class A franchises this year: the Brevard County (Fla.) Manatees, the Vermont Expos of Winooski and the Savannah (Ga.) Sand Gnats.

For 2005, the Expos dropped Edmonton and Brevard County and picked up the New Orleans Zephyrs (Class AAA) and the Potomac Cannons (Class A).


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