― Andy K, Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:04 (three years ago) link
― Karl Malone, Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:10 (three years ago) link
Does he mean we would have 8 divisions of 4 teams? Sounds pretty good to me.
― Van Horn Street, Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:27 (three years ago) link
i don't think havana will have the economic base to support a big league team for quite some time
― mookieproof, Thursday, 21 April 2016 18:09 (three years ago) link
― Karl Malone, Thursday, 21 April 2016 18:14 (three years ago) link
put a team in north carolina and a team in san antonio imo, those seem like the largest untapped US markets that have the potential for big growth.
latin america teams would be cool too but i dunno how determined they are to make the logistics work
― ciderpress, Thursday, 21 April 2016 18:18 (three years ago) link
what about Portland?
― Van Horn Street, Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:11 (three years ago) link
iirc vancouver and portland are near-identical sizewise. interest may differ between the two.
mexico city always gets thrown around, that could be interesting? south/north carolina are always spots everyone wants to go.
wherever they open expansion teams, i hope the minor league team in that town already moves to mtl. idk about a MLB team here, but i would definitely buy seasons tickets for AA/AAA.
― yellow despackling power (Will M.), Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:25 (three years ago) link
tbf to Montreal, god knows i'm skeptical of a return, it is the largest metro area in Canada/US without a MLB team.
― Van Horn Street, Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:38 (three years ago) link
feel like Portland makes more sense just because in Vancouver you're in the market of both the Jays and the Mariners. otoh they're both reasonably big cities with plenty of $$$; they only have short season A teams (and Portland's is outside the city in a suburb); and they each only have one major league sporting team in town (not counting soccer).
― -_- (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:45 (three years ago) link
id personally be happy if Vancouver had a non-short-season minor league team tbh (as it used to do long before i moved here)
― -_- (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:47 (three years ago) link
portland has a lengthy history of being unable to keep a triple-a team, although the stadium situation was never good
charlotte has a new triple-a ballpark that draws very well but is not expandable to meet major league standards
sounds like colorado springs' triple-a team is going to move to san antonio, though i'm not sure if that's contingent on a new park. there's currently a double-a club there that doesn't draw particularly well, even by texas league standards
i imagine any of those places could ultimately get a team if it were willing to build a stadium for free? maybe san antonio could get a package deal on the a's and raiders
― mookieproof, Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:50 (three years ago) link
― mookieproof, Friday, 22 April 2016 19:33 (three years ago) link
RIch W.: Expansion question: if two more teams are added, is Charlotte in the conversation?
Jay Jaffe: It sounds as though they’re certainly among the top choices. Based on Jayson Stark’s most recent column at The Athletic (https://theathletic.com/390737/2018/06/13/stark-how-mlb-expansion-coul…) and my own previous work in this area, it seems as though Charlotte, Portland, Montreal and San Antonio (or maybe Austin) are probably the top 4, not necessarily in that order.
JJ also thinks it would mean 16 teams in the playoffs, ughhhh
― the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 June 2018 20:13 (one year ago) link
Our ManFredo has a list of cities
“Portland, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Nashville in the United States, certainly Montreal, maybe Vancouver, in Canada. We think there’s places in Mexico we could go over the long haul.”
― the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 16:34 (one year ago) link
id bite my arm off for major league baseball in vancouver
― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 19 July 2018 16:36 (one year ago) link
seems like a natural... they'd need something bigger than Nat Bailey from the get-go, of course
― the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 16:51 (one year ago) link
Montreal can't afford it.
― Van Horn Street, Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:34 (one year ago) link
i'm not sure how many of those places can support 81 home games a year and i'm even less sure that any of them will pony up public money for billion-dollar stadiums
manfred's trying to play cities off against each other, as ever, but i think/hope we've reached the point where cities are no longer fooled. no one now thinks 'we need a big-league baseball team to be a big-league city' and all anyone has to do is point to miami to see how things will work out
― mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:56 (one year ago) link
The official logo unveil for the #OrlandoDreamers. Williams says now we have to see how much the community is willing to embrace this. pic.twitter.com/nmNzi64Ktz— Joe Kepner (@JKepnerWFTV) November 20, 2019
― mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:14 (two months ago) link