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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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Looking Back At The 1992 Expansion Draft (Part 1)

Dave Dombrowski and Bob Gebhard get in on the ground floor. Too bad the elevators hadn’t been installed yet.

Bote Man Posted: May 11, 2017 at 08:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, expansion, general managers

Friday, April 21, 2017

Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it’s an option

Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the table.

“If we were looking at relocation,” Manfred said, “Las Vegas would be on the list.”...

Manfred didn’t rule out the possibility of an expansion franchise in Las Vegas, but added that “until the Tampa Bay and Oakland situations are settled, I can’t see talking about expansion.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, expansion, las vegas, rays, relocation

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Investors say they are ready to bring baseball to Montreal

A group of investors that wants to bring professional baseball to Montreal said the only thing they are waiting for is a call from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

The Major League Baseball Commissioner had previously established requirements for returning a team to Montreal: a solid financial package, government support, a site and plans for a stadium.

All of these conditions have now been met by the group, a source told the Canadian Press.

Thus, the money is there, the support of two of the three levels of government is acquired, the group has a few sites and no fewer than five stadium plans will serve as the foundation for the project.

The group is so ready that this source says that if MLB should contact them in the coming days, weeks, or months for whatever reason, the project can be set in motion.

Last year, Stephen Bronfman and Mitch Garber publicly unveiled their commitment to this project. Bronfman said that it was too early to begin the financial arrangement. Twelve months later, it seems that it is now done.
Bronfman and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre co-signed a letter to the 30 MLB teams and Commissioner Manfred in the fall of 2015 to show Montreal’s interest in finding place for Montreal in the select group.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 03:01 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, montreal, relocation

Friday, February 24, 2017

MLB views Las Vegas as ‘viable market,’ Rob Manfred says

So build that stadium, Oakland and St. Pete!

Major League Baseball’s softening stance on sports gambling may one day open the door to an untapped market long considered taboo: Las Vegas.

It’s all the rage lately, with the NHL’s 31st franchise set for a Sin City debut next season and the NFL on the brink of following suit. Might MLB join them? Commissioner Rob Manfred is at least open to the idea, a departure from baseball’s longstanding efforts to distance itself from the betting world.


“Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference Tuesday in Phoenix, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I don’t think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, expansion, las vegas, rays

 

 

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