MLB commish ‘open to the idea of expansion’ into new cities

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Commissioner of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred speaks before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on June 25, 2015 in San Francisco, California. | Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that he’s “open to the idea of expansion” into new cities and has a list of viable locations.

It was reported back in January that Charlotte, Portland and Montreal were among the cities interested in getting a franchise.

“We have a list of cities we think are viable,” Manfred said.

Baseball last expanded in 1998 with the addition of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins were added in 1993.

The Hardball Times recently posted a two-part look at what future MLB expansion might look like.

They concluded, using their own model, that San Jose, Las Vegas, Austin, Sacramento and Providence were the five cities best suited to host a Major League team. They also looked at what expansion overseas might entail.

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