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Say hey, baseball: Rob Manfred is in favor of MLB expansion

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Baseball only has 30 teams. "Only," because, as successful as Major League Baseball is, they have as many as franchises the NHL and the NBA, who don't make nearly as much money -- MLB made a record $9 billion in 2014, and thanks to MLBAM initiatives in video and streaming and television deals and the like, that number is only going to grow. So, it makes sense that new commissioner Rob Manfred would talk about the possibility of expansion while cornered by the media during the All-Star break, and that's just what he did.

There are major stumbling blocks before they can even begin to discuss new teams, though, and they are the stadium situations for the A's and Rays. In order for MLB to get what they want out of the cities they are already in, they need viable alternative cities to move to, or, at least, to threaten to move to. If they put new franchises in Montreal or Charlotte or Columbus or (yes, another in) New York or wherever, then they can't list them off as a potential landing spot for a team that can't trick taxpayers into financing a new stadium.

Bud Selig is gone as commissioner now, though, so maybe progress can finally be made in Oakland and St. Petersburg under Manfred, and then we can start thinking about what kind of uniforms Portland would wear (please put a bird on it) or how a stadium in Mexico City would finally give us offensive levels crazier than those at Coors. That's probably the key, really: you want to expand baseball further? Get more international than Toronto, and then you can even keep your domestic security blankets around for the next time a city won't finance a new ballpark.


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