MLB Expansion Might Happen

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After listening to Commissioner Rob Manfred and another source I follow it seems very likely that two more MLB teams will be added in the near future. One of the main targeted areas is Montreal. Not sure which what other town might also get a team but I would think that Las Vegas or San Antonio might be the second city for expansion. Here is the article that goes in more detail that’s written by Jerry Cransick of ESPN;

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred shared a vision of the game Tuesday that could ultimately include more than 30 franchises.

Manfred, appearing at a Baseball Writers Association of America luncheon at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, said he’s open-minded about the possibility of MLB expanding for the first time since the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays came on board in 1998.

“Maybe one of the reasons I got this job is, I’m bullish on this game,” Manfred said. “I think we are a growth business, broadly defined. And over an extended period of time, growth businesses look to get bigger. So yeah, I’m open to the idea that there will be a point in time where expansion may be possible.”

Manfred said MLB has compiled a list of cities that might be viable options through expansion or possible relocation from existing markets. Tampa Bay and Oakland have been mentioned as markets that could eventually risk losing their teams if their ongoing stadium issues are not resolved.

Manfred said the league remains hopeful that the Rays and Oakland Athletics will be able to obtain new ballparks without relocating, yet will examine other markets in case a team needs to move or the sport decides to expand.

The sport intends to “examine their viability, think about what we can do to make them more viable, so that we have business alternatives that are available to us,” Manfred said.

Montreal, Charlotte, North Carolina, San Antonio, Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, northern New Jersey, Mexico City or Monterrey, Mexico, are among the markets that could eventually land on baseball’s radar as potential locations for new or relocated franchises.

Montreal, in particular, has been vocal in its desire to land a team. The city’s mayor, Denis Coderre, met with Manfred in New York in late May to begin a dialogue on the subject. Montreal showed its fervor for baseball by attracting 96,000 fans for two exhibition games between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds in March. But Manfred has publicly stated that the city needs to build a new facility to replace Olympic Stadium, home of the Montreal Expos from 1977 through 2004.

“The mayor is an enthusiastic supporter of bringing baseball back to Montreal,” Manfred said. “I happen to believe that Montreal has a great baseball history, which is a nice thing. And the market wildly supported two exhibition games in each of the last two years. Having said all that, it’s a long ways from two exhibition games to 81 home games in a facility that is consistent with major league standards.”

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