Which US cities could get an MLB team?

Credit: San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio, TX
2014 Population: 1,436,697
Growth Rate: +8.23%

San Antonio is the only top-10 city in the US without a baseball team. That should probably change sometime in the not-so-distant future. San Antonio has the million-plus population of a big-market team and is also not that far from Austin, a city that could crack 1,000,000 people very soon (15.49% growth rate). People are flocking to Texas, and two baseball teams are not enough. San Antonio has only one professional sports team, but the Spurs are a model franchise. They have proven that a professional team can live in Southcentral Texas.

Of all the cities on this list, San Antonio makes the most sense for Major League Baseball. Population growth in Texas shows no signs of slowing. California can support three teams, and so can Texas.

 

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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