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.
The last time Prince Fielder was in the postseason, he was sitting in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park, asked about the pain of the Tigers' American League Championship loss to the Red Sox on a go-ahead grand slam in Game 6.
The biggest challenger to an Astros offense that's relied on power for much of its runs this season just might be a ballpark during this best-of-five American League Division Series against the Royals.
The Rangers and Blue Jays meet in the American League Division Series that begins Thursday in Toronto (3:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and Sportsnet). As we prepare for the series, here's a look at some of the top GIFs from each team's season, courtesy of @MLBGIFs.
With the Cardinals' 25-man National League Division Series roster not due until Friday morning, both manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak declined to reveal some of the organization's roster decisions on Wednesday.
The Astros' bullpen might not strike fear in the hearts of opponents in the same fashion as the Royals', but A.J. Hinch can't help but feel confident in his relievers heading into the ALDS based on how they've performed for much of season.
When the Blue Jays roll out their heavy artillery, opponents are shelled with a blinding firestorm of hits and runs. As the curtain went down on their AL East championship Sunday, they'd outscored opponents 891 to 670.
The Royals don't walk, and they don't hit homers. Overall, they're barely an average offense. But somehow they scored the seventh-most runs in baseball. How did they do it? A fantastic display of clutch hitting.
When the Blue Jays acquired David Price at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, this is exactly how they envisioned it playing out: The ace left-hander taking the mound for the club's first playoff game in 22 years.
Petrina McCutchen, mother of Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew, sang the national anthem prior to the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. It's the fourth time she delivered "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a Pirates game -- they won the previous three.
The Blue Jays are known for their confidence, and no player embodies that attitude more than Josh Donaldson. Known at times to be brash and bold, the All-Star third baseman was blunt on Wednesday when asked why he believed his team could carry over a strong regular season showing into Thursday's American League Division Series opener against the Rangers at Rogers Centre.
Two decades of pent-up postseason energy will be unleashed at Rogers Centre on Thursday afternoon (2:30 p.m. CT, FS1). Yovani Gallardo can't worry about quieting the crowd. All he can do is try to silence the mighty Blue Jays offense. He's one of the few pitchers who has done that this year.