Although we’re still dealing with temperatures below zero and either freezing rain or snow, baseball is in the air in Montreal. Spring Training has started in Major League Baseball, which has always meant the end of winter to me. Sure, we may not have a professional team gearing up for its season, but there is plenty of baseball activity on the horizon in our city. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening around Montreal in the next few weeks.
An Event for Baseball and Tech Fans
Last year, I had the opportunity to discover an event that flew under the radar for most baseball fans. Plank, a local web design firm located in downtown Montreal, hosted its second Baseball Hack Day and offered me an opportunity to write about it.
The Baseball Hack Day is a fun event geared towards baseball fans who are tech-oriented. Participants work in teams (or alone) to produce either a website, an application or a web tool with a baseball focus. They have only one day to produce a functional end result to the judges.
I was amazed by the work presented last year and I can’t wait to see what is in store this year.
The third annual Montreal Baseball Hack Day takes place March 25 at the Belgo building downtown. If you’re into coding and are a huge baseball fan, you can sign up for the event here.
MTL Baseball plans on attending again this year, so you’ll get to read more about it over the next few weeks.
Baseball Weekend is Coming Back
The biggest weekend of the year for Montreal baseball fans is right around the corner.
Of course, the Toronto Blue Jays will be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates for an exhibition series on March 31 and April 1 at the Olympic Stadium. It will be the fourth straight year that the Blue Jays play an exhibition series in Montreal to close out Spring Training.
The games offer baseball fans in Montreal their only chance to see Major League Baseball. Those who miss the Expos should attend the games in order to send a strong message to commissioner Rob Manfred that Montreal deserves a second chance at having a major league team.
MTL Baseball will be there to speak with fans before the games. Be on the lookout for me if you want to share your passion for baseball with everyone. I’ll make sure to provide you all with quality coverage of the games.
To cap off the weekend, the second annual Exposfest will take place on April 2.
Le retour de Bill Lee @Expos Fest
Bill Lee returns on Sunday April 2nd https://t.co/am2WQscN3g @jp_tvasports
@jonahkeri @SpacemanTheFilm pic.twitter.com/R3EmzcRMXr
— Expos Fest (@ExposFest) March 8, 2017
Bill “Spaceman” Lee joins an impressive lineup of former players at this charity event aimed at raising funds for DIPG cancer research.
We are not done with our guest list. Adding an other #expos immortal to our lineup tomorrow. Stay tuned. https://t.co/7Mvecp8NsM#KatDdipg pic.twitter.com/LVeb6fKSHT
— Expos Fest (@ExposFest) March 7, 2017
You can purchase tickets here.
MTL Baseball will have much more coverage of this event so stay tuned in the weeks to come.
For those who can’t wait for the snow to melt to hit the field this summer, these events are a perfect way to kick off the baseball season.
Baseball is in the air in Montreal and MTL Baseball is excited to share this city’s passion for the game with all of you.
(Photo by Jan Sauvé-Frankel)
(Photo by Jan Sauvé-Frankel)
Thanks for all the info!! I’m
Particularly interested in info pertaining to a new stadium, talks about a team coming to Montreal expansion or the Tampa bay Rays coming. Thanks!
Jan Sauvé-Frankel says
Thanks for commenting David!
That will be one of the focuses of the website moving forward. Those types of articles will pop up in the “News” section.
I will be posting a piece about the potential return of tbe Expos in the next couple of weeks (around the Blue Jays exhibition games) and have some ideas for related articles and content to put up in the coming months.
Thanks again for your feedback and stay tuned as the site’s scope grows moving forward.