Which US cities could get an MLB team?

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Portland, OR
2014 Popultation: 619,360
Growth Rate (from 2010): +6.10%

Here’s a city that actually already has a plan to build a baseball-only stadium in place! That’s something none of the other cities on this list can claim. Portland wants baseball, and has an outstanding sports culture. There’s Nike, the Portland Trailblazers, and the Portland Timbers. The Blazers and the Timbers have rabid fanbases. Portland’s market is growing and the city is about three hours away from Seattle and the Mariners. Portland would serve as a nice midpoint between San Francisco and Northern California and Seattle. Portland has the reputation for being a rainy place to live, but very little of that rain actually comes in the summer. Beautiful weather all summer, outdoorsy, athletic people, and an overall slightly irrational love for everything associated with the city by its residents could make Portland a very attractive place for Major League Baseball.

The only downside to the city is its slightly limited metropolitan area. The surrounding regions are sparsely populated. The Mariners would also likely fight the addition of a team only three hours south of their home. The City of Portland itself might want baseball more than baseball wants Portland.

4 Responses

  1. Ian Weir

    Charlotte isn’t in the Research Triangle…. The Hurricanes play in Raleigh (which is 3+ hours away), not Charlotte. This is a cool article, but could’ve done more research first.

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  2. David A Marcillo

    While I agree that it is always a shame to see teams move due to an established fan base losing its team, I don’t know if expansion is the way to go just yet. Many teams already have trouble finding five solid arms to fill up a rotation and there aren’t even close to 32 aces out there (kind of similar to the “the NFL can’t expand because teams already have trouble finding a starting QB” argument). While I like the idea of more teams in more places, I think the dilution of talent would lead to a decline in the quality of play overall. Maybe with the increase in international scouting and improved relations with Cuba, more talent will be coming into the league and this won’t be as much of an issue.
    I think the A’s end up moving somewhere relatively nearby like Fremont or Sacramento, and the Rays move to wherever MLB sees an opportunity to gain new fans, maybe something like Charlotte or even Jacksonville. I don’t see the Rays moving too far away though because MLB won’t want to realign the divisions and they definitely don’t want to have a team like the Atlanta Braves in the NL West again.

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  3. John Galt

    I think that Montreal is on the short list, despite the fact that they already lost a team. A lot of the reason they moved is the lack of a good stadium plan and there was no viable potential ownership and I’ve heard that that situation could be worked with now. I would also add Nashville if somehow Charlotte couldn’t happen. Vancouver could work as well.

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