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Friday, May 06, 2016

Le ‘Spin:  Manfred likes Montreal and Mexico City for Expansion

MLB has plenty of #### to get together before it starts thinking about expansion, and commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledges that. The collective bargaining agreement expires this winter, so that’s foremost. The stadium situations in Oakland and St. Pete are dire. But once all that’s out of the way, it’s time for more baseball teams!

“Baseball’s a growth business and growth businesses tend to expand,” Manfred said yesterday on the Red Sox-White Sox broadcast. (Fun fact! Yesterday was the first time in MLB history that four first-place teams were all playing in the same city.)

If MLB is healthy, going to 32 teams (with possible realignment?) seems inevitable—it’s been 16 years since the last expansion, and 11 years since the last relocation, which feels like an eternity in sports time.

“Once we’re past that I would love to see us expand,” Manfred continued. “I think there are international locations. My personal, sort of, frontrunners would be either Montreal or Mexico City, where we could go plan on a sustained basis. I think it would be great for the growth of the game.”

Someone on Club America BC is going to set the single season record for dingers.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Which locations make the most sense for MLB expansion?

Bring back the Troy Haymakers!

“Mexico is a big country, and parts of it are heavy into baseball,” said Oscar Suarez, an MLB player agent who was born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and represents multiple Mexican players. “I just don’t know if the general population can afford sustaining a big-league team. It costs a family of four $300 for one game, maybe.

“I’d love to see it happen in Mexico City, yet big sponsors and local ownership would need to be garnered. Plus, the peso devaluation [now at 18 to $1 U.S.] could become an issue. It’s like a roller coaster at times.”

Many in the baseball industry remain skeptical about Mexico’s ability to host a full-time franchise, for economic, political, and security reasons. But the Astros-Padres series is an opportunity for Mexico to begin changing perceptions of its big-league readiness.

Cuba, of course, is the international baseball locale du jour. But it’s almost impossible to envision a Havana-based team in the next decade — even if the U.S. lifts its embargo — because Cuba’s commercial base and overall infrastructure would need years to catch up with the rest of the hemisphere.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 29, 2016 at 05:21 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: austin, canada, cuba, expansion, mexico city, montreal, nashville, san antonio, vancouver

 

 

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