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.
Twenty-three days removed from his acquisition, 37 days since he last took the mound in a Major League game, and 47 days since he last faced a hitter in a game, Hill finally made that Dodger debut on Wednesday night. And nobody with the team was complaining.
After blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning, the D-backs came back to beat the Braves in the 11th, as Brandon Drury drove in the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in a 10-9 win on Wednesday night at Chase Field. Jake Lamb hit a one-out double to center, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then came home to score the winning run on Drury's bases-loaded flyout off Braves reliever Jose Ramirez (1-1).
Though Brandon Crawford's bid for a homer was unsuccessful in Wednesday night's 1-0 loss to the Dodgers, his was the type of attitude the Giants must maintain to stay in contention for a postseason spot.
Kenley Jansen is filling up the resume this season, from a first All-Star berth to the franchise save record to the latest milestone: tying Jim Brewer for the Dodgers' career record for strikeouts by a reliever.
Rich Hill proved to be worth the wait, beating out Johnny Cueto in a pitchers' duel and handing the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday night. Los Angeles now holds a season-high three-game lead in the National League West.
Miguel Cabrera set the tone with a solo homer in the first inning, and the Tigers capitalized with a five-run third, capped by a three-run blast from Justin Upton, in a 9-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday at Target Field.
David Ortiz rocked the first pitch he saw from Matt Andriese in the first inning of Wednesday's 4-3 loss for a home run to right-center field, his 30th of the season. And with Dustin Pedroia on second base, he also recorded his 100th RBI of the year to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Ortiz became the oldest player to reach 30 home runs in a season at 40 years, nine months and six days old. Ortiz, who will retire after this year, is also the only player to record 30 homers and 100 RBIs in each of the past four seasons.
Manny Machado lit up the scoreboard all night and Matt Wieters contributed a late three-run homer to help the Orioles slug their way past the Nationals, 10-8, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night. Both Wieters and Machado -- who finished with four hits, including his 29th homer -- drove in four runs in support of left-handed starter Wade Miley, who was acquired by Baltimore last month and earned his first win as an Oriole with five-plus innings of two-run ball.
Across two games vs. the O's, Nats rookie Trea Turner matched Andre Dawson (June 4-7, 1983, with the Expos) and Dimitri Young (May 31-June 1, 2007, with the Nationals) as the two players in franchise history with a hit in eight consecutive plate appearances.
Red Sox rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi was helped off the field after spraining his left knee while being tagged out near second base in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Rays. He was replaced by Chris Young in left field during the bottom of the seventh. Benintendi will be further evaluated on Thursday.