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 Phillies could pack their Spring Training truck blindfolded at this point. But they made things easier on themselves Friday morning, when they loaded the truck for its annual 1,058-mile trek from Citizens Bank Park to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
As MLB.com's Spring Training primer continues, it's time to focus on some of the prospects who will get a chance to demonstrate their growth. Though the Red Sox don't have many roster spots up for grabs, spring is the time when prospects can prove they are ready in the event something opens up over the course of the season.
For an 18-year-old American high school kid, the world stage is a dream come true. Add to that a win that keeps your native New Zealand alive in the World Baseball Classic? For Kiwi right-hander Jimmy Boyce, pitching 7,700 miles away from home, it gets a bit more complicated.
In the third installment of our Spring Training preview package, "Prospects to Watch," MLB.com will take a quick glance at some of the exciting young talent that manager Joe Girardi and his staff will be evaluating at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Sixteen-year-old Cuban outfielder Lazaro "Lazarito" Armenteros was expected to make a decision on where he will sign on Wednesday, but on Friday his agent said that the highly sought after outfielder is not close to a decision and that there are new teams in the mix.
A year ago, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna were being hailed as arguably the best outfield trio in the National League, if not the Majors. In the eyes of the Marlins, they certainly were deserving of being in the conversation.
Spring Training gets underway in a week, and ideally the Marlins would like to add another pitcher or two before pitchers and catchers take the field on Feb. 19. But the signings have to make sense, and the club is willing to wait, even if it means reaching agreements after practices begin.
Free agent Ian Desmond's next employers will be taking the chance his earlier performances, rather than his performance in 2015, will define the remainder of his career. There have been much larger free-agent gambles taken this offseason.