It has been almost 20 years since the Washington area could root for its own baseball team. That's when the American League Senators were carted off to Texas, much like Robert Irsay's despicable Mayflower move of the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis. Finally, there is a realistic possibility that major league baseball could be returning to RFK Stadium for the 1993 season. It's about time.
Washington, D.C., as the nation's capital, deserves a ball club. It has a rich baseball history. Its affluent and large metropolitan region in Maryland and Virginia could easily support a franchise. And a National League club would complement Baltimore's American League Orioles.
Though the Orioles draw one-fifth of their fans from the Washington area, team officials say they will not oppose a National League team playing at RFK. Baltimore could well receive financial compensation for possible attendance losses, but that should not prove a barrier to winning a franchise.