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Relocating a team to Portland makes sense

An appealing market that makes geographic sense is a big reason why Portland, Ore., should be a serious candidate to land a big-league team.

Originally Published: January 12, 2007
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

The idea of baseball in Portland, Ore., is new for a lot of people. But it has been a lifetime habit for Boston Red Sox icon Johnny Pesky, and he's 87 years old.

Pesky was born in 1919 and grew up following his hometown Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. He has spent most of his life on the opposite coast, but is intrigued by the movement to bring the Florida Marlins or another major league baseball franchise to Portland.

"What Portland always had was good fans,'' Pesky said ...

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