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Brown Talks MLB Relocation, Expansion

A whole lot of time has passed since the Montreal Expos packed their bags and moved to Washington, D.C. The Twins and the Marlins have come up with long-sought-after new ballparks while the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays continue to try to grind ones out.  Read more here.

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No Northwoods League Baseball in Mitchell (SD) in 2019, But…

For now, the Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) isn’t coming to Mitchell in 2019.  Per a contract agreed to in May 2017, the league pays Mitchell $1,000 annually for each year it does not play in the city.  Once the circuit decides to exercise its option to play, the lease goes up to $10,000 per year to play at Drake Field at the Cadwell Sports Complex.  Read more here.

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Expansion Options on the Mind of MLB Commissioner

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday mentioned mentioned a short list of viable expansion cities, including Portland (OR), Las Vegas (NV), Charlotte (NC) and Nashville (TN) in the U.S., as well as Montreal (QC) and maybe Vancouver (BC) in Canada.  Long term, locations in Mexico are on the exploratory list.  Read more here.

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When North Carolina Struck Out with MLB Two Decades Ago

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred caused a stir among North Carolina sports fans this week, when he said Charlotte would be in the top three cities considered for a future league expansion.  Read more here.

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Manfred Addresses MLB Expansion

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in his annual presser during All-Star week most notably addressed the possibility that expansion is on the near-to mid-term radar. Here’s what Manfred had to say about that issue this week at FanFest:  Read more here.

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Atlantic League’s Texas Expansion Heating Up?

Atlantic League LogoThe Sugar Land Skeeters may lower their travel expenses in 2018, as the independent professional Atlantic League would like to add three more teams in Texas.  League officials are reportedly in active discussions with five potential ownership groups and expect the circuit to meet its 2018 expansion goal.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Montreal, Mexico City Are Manfred’s Frontrunners for International MLB Expansion

Major League Baseball LogoCommissioner Rob Manfred discusses the possibility of Major League Baseball adding teams with the Chicago White Sox’s broadcast team:

Read more here from the Washington Post.

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Atlantic League Exploring Raleigh (NC)

Atlantic League LogoWhile talks are in the infancy stage, the Atlantic League (Indy Pro) is exploring Raleigh (NC) as a home for a future expansion franchise.  Read more here.  While it might be tough competing against the storied Durham Bulls (Triple-A, International League) 30 miles away in Durham (pop. 245,745), Raleigh (pop. 431,746) is big enough to flex its own muscles.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Making the MLB Case for Portland

MLB LogoWith Commissioner Rob Manfred hinting a possible Major League Baseball expansion, Portland Tribune sports reporter Kerry Eggers takes a look at Portland (OR) as a potential relocation or expansion market.  Read more here.

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MLB Commissioner Talks Expansion

Major League Baseball LogoWe’re playing a little catch up here after more than a week of travel, but if you missed it, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred shared a vision of the league that could include expansion.  Montreal, Charlotte, San Antonio, Portland (OR), Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, northern New Jersey, Mexico City or Monterrey (Mexico) are listed by ESPN as potential targets for new or relocated franchises.  Read more here.

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Prospect League Looks to Expand, Become Top Three

Prospect League LogoProspect League commissioner Bryan Wickline said the circuit is exploring new markets and seeking to grow East and West to become one of the top three summer collegiate leagues in the country.  As the league expands, it could move to three divisions.   Read more here.  The Kokomo (IN) Jackrabbits and Jamestown (NY) Jammers have been added to the line-up for 2015.  We currently have the top Continue reading

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Wickline Takes Prospect League Reins, Looks to Expand

Prospect League LogoBryan Wickline was officially tabbed as commissioner of the summer collegiate Prospect League on Oct. 17, replacing former commissioner Dave Chase, whose contract was not renewed after the 2014 season.  Expansion (to fill in the gaps) is one of his top priorities for the far-flung circuit that includes teams from Hannibal (MO) to Butler (PA)Read more here.

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The Knights and FCBL Expansion

Nashua Telegraph sports writer Tom King takes a positive look at the summer collegiate Nashua Silver Knights and expansion within the second-year Futures Collegiate Baseball League.  Read more and view video here.

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