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 summer season at the National Baseball Hall of Fame begins on Saturday with the sixth annual Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field, and it will continue until July 24, when Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are inducted on the stage behind the nearby Clark Sports Center.
On Friday, one day after D-backs manager Chip Hale acknowledged Shelby Miller was dealing with a lingering finger issue, the D-backs placed the struggling right-hander on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a sprained right index finger.
Second baseman Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension has been reduced by one game to seven, and Odor will begin serving the suspension on Friday night, when the Rangers open a three-game series with the Pirates at Globe Life Park.
Now that we have exit velocity and launch angle, we can start digging into the likelihood of particular batted balls turning into hits. In some cases, the expectation is nearly 100 percent... but it's baseball, so things happen. Here's five unexpected outcomes.
The countdown is over. David Ross hit his 100th career home run on Friday. Cubs players have been counting each one of Ross' homers as he inched closer to No. 100 in his final season. The veteran catcher has announced he will retire at the end of the year, which is his 15th season in the big leagues.
The Yankees embarked on a lengthy road trip, and they didn't forget to pack their bats. Joe DiMaggio continued his recent tear at the plate by leading the Yankees with four hits in five trips to the plate, including a three-run home run, his seventh round-tripper of the year, in a pivotal five-run inning.
This rebuilding of the Braves is baseball's version of watching sausages being made. It's not pretty, but it'll taste good in the end. With that big picture in mind, every trade of a Jason Heyward here or a Craig Kimbrel there makes sense.
Phillies prospect Mark Appel, the former No. 1 overall Draft pick who is currently rated the club's No. 4 prospect and the No. 65 prospect in the Major Leagues by MLBPipeline.com, was placed on the disabled list Friday with a right shoulder strain.
Maikel Franco's prediction was right. The Phillies' third baseman said his right ankle is doing great, and he was in Friday's lineup against the Cubs just as he said he would be after exiting Wednesday's 8-5 win against the Tigers.
The premise for a small-budget baseball team with questionable offseason upgrades is that everything -- especially the big stuff -- has to go right. But for the Cleveland Indians, some of the big stuff has gone absolutely, positively wrong. And yet, here they are, half a game out of first place in the American League Central entering Memorial Day weekend.