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Andy K, Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:04 (six years ago) link


Karl Malone, Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:10 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

mexico city?

Karl Malone, Thursday, 21 April 2016 18:14 (six 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 (six years ago) link

what about Portland?

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:11 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

iirc vancouver and portland are near-identical sizewise. interest may differ between the two.

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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

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 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

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 (four years ago) link

id bite my arm off for major league baseball in vancouver

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 19 July 2018 16:36 (four years 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 (four years ago) link

Montreal can't afford it.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:34 (four years 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 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

dear god

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 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Dave Dombrowski, former GM of the #RedSox, is moving to Nashville and joining Music City Baseball, LLC, in an attempt to bring #MLB to Nashville. The city is hoping to land an expansion franchise or have an existing team relocate to Nashville.

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 6, 2020

Andy K, Monday, 6 July 2020 21:33 (two years ago) link

no pursed-lips photo? smdh

mookieproof, Monday, 6 July 2020 21:35 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Justin Timberlake 'thrilled to be involved' in group working to bring MLB franchise to Nashville

rip the 10k-seat five-year-old minor league stadium the city will spend the next 30 years paying for. it's important to be Big League

mookieproof, Thursday, 10 September 2020 03:09 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

that article was kind of all over the place, but it is fun to ponder

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 17:03 (two months ago) link

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