MLB Is Not In An Expansion Mode But Potential Owners Are Warming Up

They are trying. 

It is Memorial Day, in days gone by Memorial or Decoration Day was a baseball benchmark. Teams knew how the season would play out if the teams were good or bad and the holiday doubleheader was the norm. The holiday doubleheader is now fondly remembered in history books. Major League Baseball has 30 teams, not 16 as it did from 1901 through 1960. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred would like to see two teams added in the future but there is no timetable. MLB has to get stadium solutions in the Oakland and Tampa Bay markets for local franchises before expanding to two markets and there is a matter of reaching an expansion deal with the players association as part of the next collective bargaining agreement.

That doesn’t mean that potential expansion team owners are sitting on their hands waiting for Manfred and the 30 baseball owners to give them a signal to start their expansion plans. In Montreal, Stephen Bronfman, the son of the man who brought Major League Baseball to Montreal in 1969, Charles Bronfman, has announced that he has a land deal for a stadium. Montreal lost the Expos after the 2004 season because Expos owners, MLB, Montreal business leaders and elected officials could never agree on building a new stadium. Montreal seems to have willing owners but there is a question about government support which is essential. Bronfman seems confident he has a multimedia deal for TV and also corporate support, two sports lifelines. There are others who want to get a Major League Baseball team. Nashville’s John Loar just canceled a getting to know you meeting with MLB officials because there is nothing that suggests MLB needs to get to know Loar or Nashville. MLB is not expanding. Loar intends to do what Bronfman’s doing, get ready in the bullpen. Expansion is years away.