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.
Greg Garcia was supposed to be in Las Vegas on Saturday night, playing for the Memphis Redbirds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. That was the plan, at least, before Garcia's hot bat turned him into a Nationals nightmare and Cardinals hero.
After Dodgers rookie Kenta Maeda was struck in the right wrist by a line drive, he rose to his feet, stepped back on the mound and stayed in the game. He lasted five innings and allowed just two hits and two walks, earning the victory in Los Angeles' 9-1 win at New York.
The more Mets fans hate Chase Utley, the more reason he gives them to. After answering a 99-mph retaliation pitch behind his back from Noah Syndergaard -- and a borough full of boo-birds fixated on his every move -- with a grand slam, a solo homer and five RBIs in the Dodgers' 9-1 win Saturday night, Utley didn't deny that playing the villain seems to suit his game.
Seven months later, the ill will of last year's postseason spilled back onto the field. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was ejected in the third inning of Saturday's 9-1 loss to Los Angeles for throwing behind the back of Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, who broke Ruben Tejada's leg with a takeout slide in National League Division Series Game 2.