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3 months ago  ::  Aug 28, 2021 - 2:08PM #11
jimwest
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Aug 27, 2021 -- 3:50PM, NW wrote:


8000+ fans for a team that is still in the hunt in the AL West.  If they're looking to contract teams, this might be a good place to start after Florida.




MLB isn't looking to contract any teams that I've heard about. The Athletics have a very long and rich history in Philadephia, less so in KC, and now Oakland. They have won 9 world series, and numerous tremendous players have worn the A's uniform.


It may be necessary to relocate them, but no way do I ever see that franchise contracted. They will begin to explore options for a possible relocation, per a MLB statement released this past May. MLB suggested the organization consider moving to another city if their proposal for a new ballpark, Howard Terminal Stadium, fails to garner approval from the local government.


The Marlins are another story. The new stadium they built has not brought about the much higher attendance, but that is mainly due to a losing team. Through 2017, they only falied to draw less than 1 million fans once. In 2017, they had about 1.6m fans attend their games. But in 2018 and '19, they drew only a bit over 800k, and this year to date is their worst ever, 502k.


So a new park isn't the solution. Possibly spending more on team payroll and building a winning team will bring the fans back. Payroll for the 40 man has dropped from $154.9m in 2017 to $78.6 this season.


Relocation may be the answer there as well.

3 months ago  ::  Aug 28, 2021 - 2:26PM #12
SSBob
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Aug 28, 2021 -- 2:08PM, jimwest wrote:


Aug 27, 2021 -- 3:50PM, NW wrote:


8000+ fans for a team that is still in the hunt in the AL West.  If they're looking to contract teams, this might be a good place to start after Florida.




MLB isn't looking to contract any teams that I've heard about. The Athletics have a very long and rich history in Philadephia, less so in KC, and now Oakland. They have won 9 world series, and numerous tremendous players have worn the A's uniform.


It may be necessary to relocate them, but no way do I ever see that franchise contracted. They will begin to explore options for a possible relocation, per a MLB statement released this past May. MLB suggested the organization consider moving to another city if their proposal for a new ballpark, Howard Terminal Stadium, fails to garner approval from the local government.


The Marlins are another story. The new stadium they built has not brought about the much higher attendance, but that is mainly due to a losing team. Through 2017, they only falied to draw less than 1 million fans once. In 2017, they had about 1.6m fans attend their games. But in 2018 and '19, they drew only a bit over 800k, and this year to date is their worst ever, 502k.


So a new park isn't the solution. Possibly spending more on team payroll and building a winning team will bring the fans back. Payroll for the 40 man has dropped from $154.9m in 2017 to $78.6 this season.


Relocation may be the answer there as well.




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I don't see any reason an MLB team wouldn't thrive in the Carolinas. There's a rich history of MiL & college baseball there....The USA Baseball National Training Complex is in Cary, NC.


Seems logical one of the Florida teams (Tampa) could make that a simple move. MLB would probably have to compensate clubs like the Durham Bulls for territorial rights.

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