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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

This year will feature plenty of international intrigue for MLB

This much is clear: 2016 can be a watershed year for baseball’s international growth, if MLB and the MLBPA partner effectively amid collective bargaining negotiations scheduled to begin this spring.

A synopsis of the packed schedule:

● MLB/MLBPA-operated World Baseball Classic qualifying tournaments in Australia, Mexico and Panama in February and March, followed by another in Brooklyn in September.

● a possible trip by the Tampa Bay Rays to Cuba for two exhibition games in March.

●— a Houston Astros-San Diego Padres spring training game in Mexico City.

● two regular-season games between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to honor Roberto Clemente Day.

● off the field, ongoing discussions between MLB and the MLBPA about playing a series in London as soon as 2017.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, international, london, mexico, puerto rico

Thursday, October 01, 2015

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Touts Mexico As A Possible Expansion Location

!Aye Carumba!

“We see Mexico as an opportunity internationally,” Manfred said. “We also think a team in Mexico and a larger number of Mexican players in the big leagues could really help us continue to grow the Hispanic market in the United States.”

Manfred also said that the choice of expansion locations in the U.S. would not be affected by clubs with regional networks that blanket the country.

“As a general proposition, I do not see the television territories for the clubs as a significant issue in considering expansion in domestic markets,” he said….

Asked if the number of game played for each team would be altered with expansion to 32, Manfred said he favored staying at 162 games and moving to four-team divisions. “From a technical perspective it would be easier to divide the schedule up by four. Having five teams in the divisions is problematic from a scheduling perspective.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, mexico, rob manfred

 

 

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