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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Blue Jays Nation: Why Rogers Could Sell the Blue Jays

Buon Natale?

Why do I bring this all up? Because new Rogers CEO Joe Natale has just passed the six month mark on the job, and apparently there are rumblings that the former Telus honcho — who from the beginning was thought to maybe not be enamored with his new company’s diverse array of divisions — might be getting set to move the company’s focus back to its core assets. Or so says a report this week from Andrew Willis of the Globe’s Report on Business…..

We’re later told that “speculation on Rogers’s plans for the Jays and the Cogeco stake has swirled for years. But the arrival of a new CEO with a reputation for a laser focus on wireless and cable operations and the steady drumbeat for asset sales from the analysts has got the hedge-fund crowd sniffing around.”

Such a sale might impact badly the chances of an expansion team in Montréal. But it’s all just the speculation of Denis Healey’s ‘teenage scribblers’ so far.

fra paolo Posted: October 25, 2017 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, expansion, montreal, team sales

Monday, October 16, 2017

EXPANSION COULD TRIGGER REALIGNMENT, LONGER POSTSEASON

There seems to be a building consensus that baseball will soon be headed to a 32-team configuration.

Lol, wut? I thought the consensus was that there were already two too many teams (Athletics, Rays) and that expansion is off the table until those teams find a home, anyway:

One proposal would be to geographically restructure into four divisions, which would create a major reduction in travel, particularly for teams on the East Coast and West Coast, and add to the natural rivalries by not just having them as interleague attractions, but rather a part of the regular divisional battles.

It’s an interesting idea, but one that would mean the end of pitchers hitting (or less likely the end of the DH) and reduce the schedule by 6 games per year.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 16, 2017 at 04:00 PM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, montreal, portland

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mexico City Would Be MLB’s Highest Home Run Haven

Mexico City makes sense as a site for a few reasons, so it’s only logical for Manfred to keep the option alive. First, it’s enormous, with the largest metropolitan population (roughly 21 million) of any North American city, with the possible exception (according to some sources) of New York. Second, it’s a largely untapped market. As Manfred told Jayson Stark in an ESPN story last year, “a team in Mexico opens up the Mexican television market, which is significant in ways that are much broader than the arrangements that we have there now.” He also noted that a team based in Mexico would “help us improve the flow of Mexican players into Major League Baseball,” which would in turn “help us in the Hispanic market in the United States.” (Only 13 Mexican-born players have appeared in the majors this season.) And with the closest MLB team roughly 1,000 miles from Mexico City, no major league owners would be up in arms about a new club cutting into their share of local attendance.

The downsides are equally obvious, though. That great distance from the nearest MLB teams would also mean more travel. Safety would be a concern: Although the city’s official crime and murder rates aren’t out of line with domestic tallies, that could be due to rampant underreporting, and violence across Mexico (including suburbs of Mexico City) has made 2017 one of the country’s deadliest years since the peak of the government’s crackdown against the cartels. Whatever the true figures, the perception of danger could hurt a Mexico City franchise’s chances of persuading players to move south.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, mexico city

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MLB commissioner mentions Charlotte’s name on the telly! | Field of Schemes

It’s tough to extort taxpayers without viable alternatives. Of course, if your team is in Cobb County, extortion isn’t even needed.

This isn’t actually the first time that Manfred has mentioned Charlotte as an expansion possibility — he did so back in 2015 as well, along with Portland — but in baseball Kremlinology, it’s de rigueur to interpret the hell out of every word out of the guy’s mouth, so let’s give it a shot. Maybe Charlotte has jumped to the head of the list in the last 14 months for some reason? (Probably not, but maybe Jerry Reinsdorf got a nice salad at the airport there or something.) Maybe the owners of the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s — who again were mentioned by Manfred as needing their stadium situations “resolved” (read: somebody to build them new ones, ideally with public money) before expansion can take place — wanted a city to use as a potential move threat that was actually in the Unites States? Maybe he was waiting for the North Carolina anti-transgender bathroom bill to be repealed and the sports boycotts to end? Maybe some reporter from a Charlotte news outlet was in the crowd, and Manfred just wanted to see them get all excited when he mentioned their city’s name?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:24 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, stadium deals

 

 

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