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12-03-2012, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by
No Fun Shogun
My honest guess is that MLB's hitlist for relocation/expansion (not including teams likely locating from one city to another in the same metro area, like the A's) is the following....
1) Charlotte, NC
2) Portland, OR
3) Nashville, TN
And then there's probably a gulf after that for who else MLB might think about, such as Hampton Roads, VA, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, or even a return to Montreal. Dollars to donuts, it'll be one of the three locations above that gets a team first, second, and probably third.
I think we'll see the Carolina Rays within the next decade or so, but beyond that not thinking anything's going to change with the face of MLB's franchises.
And Nashville might be a good option for the MLB for the simple fact that an MLB team there would be effectively unopposed during the summer.
Not sure about Nashville, they might be a bit too close to Cincinnati and St. Louis. Charlotte makes a lot of sense, though. Bigger population and a growing economy.
Portland just doesn't seem like a city that would have a baseball team to me.
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