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.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who according to multiple reports was involved in a physical altercation at a Miami nightclub, will be investigated as part of MLB's domestic violence policy, according to an MLB spokesperson.
Regardless of where Yoenis Cespedes plays next season, he'll certainly be expected to make a significant impact. With that in mind, here's a look at five statistics that figure to help make Cespedes one of this offseason's most sought-after free agents.
It's not just the music and fifth-inning coffee break that make baseball different in Cuba. For the first two games of Penn State University's four-game exhibition tour against clubs from this nation's top league, one member of the umpire crew has been female.
Much like the rest of the country, Major League Baseball's teams were out seeking bargains and checking items off their shopping lists on Friday. The Hot Stove season continues with many of this year's premiere free agents still left unsigned and others available on the trade market.
Marjorie P. Adams doesn't care a thing about cake, cards and ice cream. When people wish her a happy birthday on Dec. 7, her mind will be far away, in Nashville, Tenn., where the Hall of Fame's 16-member Pre-Integration Era Committee will decide during baseball's Winter Meetings whether her ancestor should take his place in Cooperstown next July 24.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving weekend, there are so many reasons why we should praise the baseball gods. I'll mention 10 from this season -- you know, just to bunt the conversation into scoring position.
On Friday, the Tribe signed catcher Anthony Recker to a Minor League contract that includes a non-roster invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club. As of now, Recker would join Adam Moore (non-roster invite) and Tony Wolters (40-man roster) as Cleveland's backup catching options for this spring.
After a couple of early offseason moves, the Rockies are short on experienced options to back up regular catcher Nick Hundley. There's the rest of the offseason to add a veteran or two, but Dustin Garneau and Tom Murphy hope their debuts at the end of 2015 could lead to roster spots next season.
As America straps on its bib and grabs the carving knife, go ahead and attack the bird. But you will want to leave some room for dessert: Baseball has been known to serve up some treats on Thanksgiving -- bombshells, not bonbons -- then join the Black Friday frenzy.
After spending his first six seasons with the D-backs, Justin Upton could now be on his way to playing for his third team in three years, after spending the past two seasons with the Braves and Padres, respectively. Here's a look at five stats from Upton's career that could be a sign of things to come for his 2016 team.