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Old 09-15-2014, 07:42 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Would you take the Braves-please!! They are the most boring baseball team I've ever seen, and I've watched them since '69.
No, thank you. The Braves are fine in Atlanta. I want a team closer that actually wins.

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Other than Tampa Bay, who would move to Charlotte?

I don't see MLB expanding to 32 teams, although that would open up many possibilities (including not having to play interleague all year). There's too much talent dilution as it is. But I suppose if they were to do so, the Charlotte would join Portland as a top candidate.
No one is relocating. Major League Baseball has not expanded in 17 years. The talent is not as diluted as some think.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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Other than Tampa Bay, who would move to Charlotte?

I don't see MLB expanding to 32 teams, although that would open up many possibilities (including not having to play interleague all year). There's too much talent dilution as it is. But I suppose if they were to do so, the Charlotte would join Portland as a top candidate.
The Tampa Bay franchise needs to move somewhere, be it Charlotte, Portland, San Antonio or wherever. They couldn't fare any worse than where they are at present. There is great fan support in Florida but most of this support is for the New York and Chicago clubs. The greatest baseball excitement that ever existed in Tampa Bay occurred some years ago when it appeared that the White Sox might be moving there.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:51 AM
 
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I don't know but doesn't the triangle have a big transient population? sports and transient populations don't mix plus isn't NC and SC a minor league baseball hot bed area?
Not to my knowledge. The Triangle's rapidly growing but it's not the same sort of transient population as, say, Las Vegas. Lots of tech, pharma, and biotech jobs out here.

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I visit the thread a year later upon the conclusion of what will be a disappointing Braves season.

Both states of North Carolina and South Carolina are big into baseball. Many baseball prospects are being discovered here. Several collegiate programs (Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina) are consistently hosting regionals and super regionals and advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

It would be a good time to consider expanding Major League Baseball into the Carolinas. Having a team to quickly build into a contender and compete against the struggling mainstay in the Braves would be a statement. Whether MLB is ready to add an American League team remains to be seen.
Speaking just of professional baseball, leaving college ball and college summer leagues out of it, the Carolinas are/will soon be home to 13 teams at all level of affiliated minor league ball except for Double-A and Short Season A:

AAA
Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
Durham Bulls (Rays)

Advanced-A
Carolina Mudcats (currently Indians, looking for new affiliate)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (currently Rangers, looking for new affiliate)
Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox)

Low-A
Asheville Tourists (Rockies)
Augusta Greenjackets (Giants) (New stadium being built in N. Augusta, SC)
Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees)
Columbia ??? (Mets) (Relo of Savannah Sandgnats in 2016)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)
Hickory Crawdads (Rangers)
Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox)

Rookie
Burlington Royals (Royals)

When you add in college ball, you have teams like USC, UNC, NC State, and Coastal Carolina, and the Carolinas are also the headquarters of the summer collegiate Coastal Plains League with 11 teams in the Carolinas. I'd call that a hotbed.

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Other than Tampa Bay, who would move to Charlotte?

I don't see MLB expanding to 32 teams, although that would open up many possibilities (including not having to play interleague all year). There's too much talent dilution as it is. But I suppose if they were to do so, the Charlotte would join Portland as a top candidate.
I'm not so sure Charlotte is the shoe-in it once was when they were playing in Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC. Knights Stadium was designed to be easily converted into an MLB park and had the acres of parking deemed necessary for that back in the early-mid '90s. However, Knights Stadium has been replaced with a (beautiful) new park in uptown Charlotte that I don't think was designed to be expandable. It seats 10,000 and I suppose something could be done to expand it out, but I think the Charlotte market is stretched a little thin between the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, and AHL hockey. Beyond that, there's a team in NC that already comes with a ton of market cachet, a name that's already on everybody's tongue, and owned by a man who also owns three TV stations and nine radio stations - the Durham Bulls. I think if MLB ever comes to NC (which I honestly don't think is likely in the short term), the Triangle is more likely to get the nod than Metrolina. It'd be something of a coup for a market to go from Advanced-A to AAA to MLB in 30ish years.
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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Some years ago when Carl Pohlad wanted to move the Twins to the Triad (Greensboro-High Point-Winston-Salem) the voters said no to financing a new stadium.
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