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.
Chris Sale was back on the mound Thursday night in a 3-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. If the five-time All-Star has his way, the mound is where the focus will remain for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Matt Wisler exited May with reason to believe he had distanced himself from the frustrating portion of his development. But the Braves right-hander will enter August humbled by the reality that he is once again back at the Minor League level.
Aroldis Chapman got the final four outs for his first save with the Cubs, and John Lackey outdueled Chris Sale on Thursday night to end the intracity series in a split decision, with each team able to brag that they defended home turf.
Home runs by Aledmys Diaz and Matt Holliday led to a quick exit for Jose Fernandez. The Marlins rallied late behind Martin Prado's two-run shot. But in crunch time, reliever Kevin Siegrist got Christian Yelich to tap into a double play in the eighth that helped the Cardinals hold off Miami, 5-4, on Thursday at Marlins Park.
Though their lives long ago intersected and their careers, in many ways, will forever be intertwined, Aledmys Diaz and Jose Fernandez, with the exception of those impromptu street ball games many years ago, had never before gone toe to toe.
The Phillies entered Thursday having lost nine of their past 13 games, while their offense had not scored more than four runs in a game since the All-Star break. But in a 7-5 win over the Braves at Turner Field, the Phillies snapped their recent run-scoring drought, registering a five-run first inning and three homers.
The Phillies activated Aaron Altherr from the 60-day disabled list before Thursday's 7-5 victory over the Braves. He hit fifth and went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, giving him a nice start in what is expected to be an important audition over the Phillies' final 58 games.
To say Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had an off night at Marlins Park is an understatement. To fully understand what the Cardinals did on Thursday night in their 5-4 win, you have to review just how dominant the 23-year-old right-hander has been at home.
Opening Day. The All-Star Game. The playoffs and the World Series. These are Major League Baseball's crown-jewel events. Major League general managers, though, have their private crown-jewel event, even if they are delineated. It's the Hot Stove season and the weeks and days leading up to the annual non-waiver Trade Deadline.