MLB Expansion Overseas

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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.

Segura hits one of 2016’s unlikeliest HRs

D-backs second baseman Jean Segura’s third leadoff homer in five games barely cleared the left-field fence. In fact, it was one of the unlikeliest homers of the Statcast™ era (since 2015). Segura’s homer in the bottom of the first inning of Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers at Chase Field had an exit velocity of 88.3 mph and a launch angle of 31 degrees, as projected by Statcast™.