Major League Baseball has been looking at expanding beyond the USA and Canada into Mexico as well as Central and South America. It would make perfect sense for a sport already populated with a high percentage of hispanic players to feature teams in these regions. The first two countries which have been under discussion for MLB expansion include Mexico and Venezuela. The cities of Mexico City and Monterrey are highly favored in Mexico, due to the large population and popularity of the sport on tv.
While it could take years for the major league baseball expansion to take place, for stadiums to be built, etc., these market areas are ripe for the MLB to develop. The major issues in introducing MLB to these countries includes fan support to maintain a profitable level of revenue needed to support expansion teams. All the systems to be in place here to support the business of baseball itself. Everything from buying tickets via credit cards at retail locations, international credit card processing, parking, food concessions, security, radio and television coverage and more will have to be in place. It was Bud Selig’s dream to see MLB expand overseas. Now we’ll see if Commissioner Rob Manfred can make it happen.
As America straps on its bib and grabs the carving knife, go ahead and attack the bird. But you will want to leave some room for dessert: Baseball has been known to serve up some treats on Thanksgiving -- bombshells, not bonbons -- then join the Black Friday frenzy.
After spending his first six seasons with the D-backs, Justin Upton could now be on his way to playing for his third team in three years, after spending the past two seasons with the Braves and Padres, respectively. Here's a look at five stats from Upton's career that could be a sign of things to come for his 2016 team.
Andrew McCutchen has played in Pittsburgh long enough to hear hundreds of stories about Roberto Clemente. They rarely have anything to do with the Pirates icon's incredible ability or his Hall of Fame career. Those who knew or met Clemente want to talk about his kindness and giving spirit.
Thanks for playing ball in 2015. Not just you, the elite athletes who entertained us from Spring Training through the final pitch at the very start of this month at Citi Field. On this Thanksgiving, it is time to also thank everyone around Major League Baseball and in our communities for jumping on the new Play Ball bandwagon and an overall spirit of grassroots community involvement.
The Holiday Season has arrived. Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, and while Major League Baseball takes a brief break to celebrate the event, each team can spend time reflecting on what it has to be most thankful for right now.
Yogi Berra passed away on September 22, a month before we were notified by the White House that he would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The news then was bittersweet; I was sad that Grampa would not be able to get the medal in person, but so, so proud that he would receive the honor.
If Bud Norris bounces back from a rough 2015 season, he could prove to be the low-risk, high-reward starting pitcher that the Braves are seeking. The Braves announced they signed Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million deal Wednesday afternoon.
Since becoming a big league pitching sensation in 2013, Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has typically been at his best at home. Off the field, Fernandez recently stepped up and pitched in to give back to the home community. The right-hander assisted in the organization's annual turkey distribution last Friday at Marlins Park.
The Indians boasted one of the American League's best bullpens last season and have the ability to return with virtually the same cast next year. Given the volatile nature of a relief corps, though, the club is always on the hunt for more depth.
All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun addressed his surgically repaired back and his outlook for the rebuilding Brewers early Wednesday while engaging in what has become a Thanksgiving tradition. Clad in a black overcoat, Braun snapped photos and signed autographs while accepting donations at the team's annual holiday food drive in the shadow of Miller Park.