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Top 10 Cities That Deserve an MLB Team

For many people, Major League Baseball is America’s pastime. There are many others who have changed their minds about that and are shying away from baseball in this day and age. The entertainment doll

For many people, Major League Baseball is America’s pastime. There are many others who have changed their minds about that and are shying away from baseball in this day and age. The entertainment dollar only goes so far and it has seen fans in pro cities with bad teams staying away from the ballpark in droves. The 2013 season saw seven teams average less than 57% capacity on a game-by-game basis. Those kinds of numbers must be disturbing and it brings to mind other cities that could support an MLB team.

There are ten cities that deserve a chance to have a pro baseball team. They are some of the biggest in the United States and also include a major city in Canada. These towns could support having a new MLB team whether by relocating a team from another struggling city or even creating an expansion team that could bring baseball to 32 clubs. There are simply too many cities seeing their multi-million-dollar ballparks be empty because of ticket prices, the quality of play on the field or just the fact that the younger generation doesn’t appear to be into baseball as much.

Will MLB consider the idea of having teams in any of these cities? It’s only a matter of time before some move is made one way or another. There were five teams that averaged less than 22,000 fans per game last season. These other cities may have the ability to beat those numbers on a yearly basis. Here are the top ten cities that deserve the chance to have an MLB franchise.

10 Virginia Beach, Virginia

9 Charlotte, North Carolina

8 Honolulu, Hawaii

7 Albuquerque, New Mexico

6 Columbus, Ohio

5 Portland, Oregon

4 San Antonio, Texas

3 Las Vegas, Nevada

2 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1 Montreal, Quebec

Any discussions about a city that need a Major League Baseball starts with Montreal, the home of the Expos from 1969-2004 before the team relocated to Washington. The city has their Canadiens but the baseball history in Montreal is overwhelming. It is the place where Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1946 as a member of the Montreal Royals. While attendance declined in the last years of the Expos, fans still love the game and filled the Olympic Stadium for two exhibition games between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets this spring. It will take a new downtown stadium to get the job done but Youppi! and Expos fans everywhere deserve better and should get a team back in town.

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