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.
As 10 teams prepare to embark on the road to the 111th World Series, a collection of MLB.com analysts, columnists and reporters shared their thoughts on who will come out on top. First up: Predictions for tonight's 8 ET American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, pitting the Astros against the Yankees in New York and airing on ESPN.
Though it may not be difficult to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of each of this year's postseason clubs, Statcast provides the ability to do so unlike ever before. While both the Astros and Yankees leaned heavily on the home run ball, the AL Wild Card Game likely won't be a simple slugfest.
It took until the final day of the regular season, but we finally have a matchup and a venue for the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. The Yankees will host the Astros this evening at 7 CT on ESPN with both clubs appearing in a Wild Card Game for the first time.
Those who saw the talent early on in Carlos Correa as a young player coming up in Puerto Rico wanted him to move to the United States so he would have a better chance at getting drafted. Correa wanted none of it. He's extremely proud of his roots and wanted to show everyone stardom can be reached from the island.
As the Yankees have learned firsthand over the course of 16 commanding scoreless innings this season, facing Keuchel is no picnic in any area code, but he has been more hittable on the road. They hope that fact, as well as taking the mound on three days' rest, will prompt Keuchel to finally appear human in their eyes.
On the eve of the Yankees' first postseason appearance in three years, left-hander CC Sabathia announced that he is checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will not pitch for the remainder of the season.
The Astros and Yankees meet in the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, and as we prepare for this intriguing matchup, here's a look at some of the top GIFs from each team's season, courtesy of @MLBGIFs.
Maybe the job has evolved considerably in a short time, but managers still matter in Major League Baseball. And as the postseason begins, it's worth exploring the path the 10 men guiding the October-bound took to get to this point.
Location, location, location. Like in real estate, it can be a key to success in baseball. The Pirates know that as well as anyone, and the challenges they face aren't getting easier any time soon, not with the Cubs joining the Cardinals in constructing a powerhouse built to last.
In a year dominated by rookies, it's only fitting that first-year ballplayers figure to play key roles in both the American League and National League Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
The Angels introduced new general manager Billy Eppler in a press conference on Monday at Angel Stadium. Eppler, formerly the Yankees' assistant GM, agreed to a four-year contract to become the 12th GM in franchise history.