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Monday, February 29, 2016

Which locations make the most sense for MLB expansion?

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“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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