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.
Perched on a table in the Rays' clubhouse following its first win in 12 games was a plain brown box with a plain white piece of paper taped to it. It was what the Rays hoped would turn around their worst losing streak in seven years.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is flying home to Los Angeles for an exam to determine the cause of his back soreness, manager Dave Roberts said on Tuesday. The Dodgers remain hopeful that Kershaw will be able to start on Friday against the Rockies. Roberts said that Kershaw's issue is back soreness, not related to his hip, as in the past.
Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has a small spur in the back of his elbow, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported Tuesday, while lefty Steven Matz will be pushed back in the rotation one game due to a spur of his own. Matz, initially slated to start Wednesday against Washington, will now take the hill Thursday vs. the Cubs.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Tuesday that Anibal Sanchez is moving back to the bullpen after the veteran right-hander allowed four runs over five innings in Detroit's 6-0 loss to Cleveland on Saturday.
Jon Jay, the Padres' most consistent offensive performer this season and one of their top trade chips, will likely miss at least a month with a broken right forearm. He will be placed on the disabled list Tuesday, and outfielder Alex Dickerson will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso in his place. The club has not yet confirmed the news, which was first reported by the Mighty 1090.
Rays closer Alex Colome will go on the disabled and reliever Dana Eveland has been recalled to take his spot on the roster. Colome's stint on the DL is retroactive to June 19. He'd been perfect in his 19 save opportunities this season.
When United States Army Major Ron Colombo was attending airborne school at Georgia's Fort Benning last summer, he called his high school buddy A.J. Pierzynski to get tickets for the Fourth of the July game against the Phillies at Turner Field.
The crystal ball that is the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game has been polished and is once again ready to predict the future stars of Major League Baseball. The 18th edition of the Futures Game will take place on Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).