The last professional baseball team to carry the nickname Expos was not from Montreal, but rather Burlington, Vermont. When the Montreal Expos moved to Washington DC after the 2004 season, the team’s short-season single-A affiliate did not have time to change names before the 2005 campaign started.
“When Major League Baseball owned the team at that point, they kind of wanted to forget the Expos and move on to the Nationals,” Vermont’s general manager Nate Cloutier said. “With our name piggy backing on theirs, they had asked us to consider renaming the team, and at that point, we just didn’t have enough time to do so. It was a couple months before the season, and anyone in the industry knows that it takes months and months and months to not only rebrand but also get inventory in terms of merchandising and uniforms and stuff like that.”