MLB in Montréal a huge step closer

After MLB sold the Montréal Expos to a group of owners that moved the team to Washington, the city of Montréal has been out of Major League Baseball. But all signs point into the direction that an MLB team could return to the French-Canadian city. In the past years, baseball lovers have investigated how to …

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The World Baseball Classic seems to be a keeper

With the attendance reaching more than a million and the USA winning it for the first time, the World Baseball Classic has made a serious point to stay alive. Last year there were some strong rumors about the event. It should make some serious money, otherwise, the 2017 edition would be the last. A few …

Future of the World Baseball Classic not so gloomy after all?

In November last year, you could read that the future of the WBC was in doubt.  But with the attendance figures of the first round released recently, the outlook of this top event in the baseball world may not be as gloomy as reported earlier. In November 2016, Cristian Moreno of ESPN tweeted that the …

Ads on MLB jerseys, a matter of time?

With the NBA allowing teams to place advertisements on their jerseys it may be a matter of time before MLB will open the doors for it. Especially now commissioner Rob Manfred does not rule out ads on jerseys. In April 2016, the NBA announced that it will allow teams to sell 2.5-inch-by-2.5-inch space to companies. For …

Possible expansion in MLB will influence MiLB as well

The other day Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, held a press conference. Main issue was a possible expansion of Major League Baeball. Another issue was the stadium situation in Oakland and St. Petersburg. Manfred said that in the long term MLB will expand. He even hinted about a city as he said: "If we …

Rose not reinstated. No HOF in near future

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced today that he has decided not to reinstate Pete Rose. This means that the ban that was implemented in 1989 after it was discovered that Rose betted on baseball games (even of his own team), will not be lifted. Pete Rose requested a lift of the ban in February of …

Tampa Bay Rays heading to Cuba next spring?

According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Tampa Bay Rays have been appointed to go to Cuba to play a set of exhibition games vs the Cuban national team. The Rays were picked by lottery. It all is pending on the fact if MLB can strike a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation. Various clubs …

MLBPA and commish move towards 154 games

SInce Rob Manfred entered his office as new commish, he has talked about possible changes in the game. One of them was to play shorter seasons. He opted to play 154 game seasons instead of 162 game season. According to Manfred 162 games in 183 days is rather a brutal schedule. And don't forget the …

Baseball Miscellaneous 6

Dodgertown in Vero Beach saved Dodgertown, the former spring training complex of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers was left alone by the team in 2008 when they moved to Arizona. The facility used to be a naval air station that was converted into a spring training camp with barracks, stadium, practice fields and a golf course …

Baseball could return to Montreal if there is a sound stadium plan in place

With the two upcoming exhibition games between the Cincinnati Reds and the Toronto Blue Jays in Montreal's Olympic Stadium, Montreal shows that it is craving for MLB baseball. Especially with more than 80,000 ticket sold. Last year 96,350 tickets were sold for the two exhibition games between the Blue Jays and the New York Mets. …

New speed up rules in Atlantic League…. Don’t complain about Rob Manfred anymore

For those who have complained about the new speed up rules in Major League Baseball, introduced by the new commish Rob Manfred, I recommend to read the following. The independent Atlantic League, said by many to be at AAA level, will try out some speed up rules in an exhibition game. When it comes to …

Rob Manfred: Shorter season possible…. But in favour of what?

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said during a press conference that reducing the number of games can be discussed. Right now the number of games during the regular season is 162 as we all know . The number should go back to 154, the number of games before the first expansion in MLB in 1961. It …

Petco Park 2016 homefield for American League?

As you may have heard or read, San Diego was awarded the 2016 All Star Game. With the Marlins awarded the 2017 edition, three consecutive All Star Games will be played in National League Ballparks. Beautiful Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, will be the venue of the 2016 All Star Game How …

Allowing Pete Rose to HOF will create a precedent

This morning I read at Fox Sports.com that the new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is willing to open the door of Cooperstown for Pete Rose. Normally Pete Rose would have been a fix for the Hall of Fame, but in his role as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, he bet on games in which his …

Some good sounds from the Commissioner’s Office at last

New MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, sees Montreal as a viable city for Major League baseball under the right circumstances. Thanks to the Jeffrey Loria/ Bud Selig combo, the Expos disappeared from the baseball map and moved south of the border to become the Washington Nationals. Last year the two game exhibition series between the Toronto …

New commissioner suggests ban on shifts

The new commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred has suggested a ban on defensive shifts in the infield during an interview. This kind of shifts are used against hitters that pull the ball. So banning a shift like this would be a major advantage for pulling hitters. Defensive shifts are not something new. Lou …