Major League Baseball Expansions and Relocations: A History, by Jr. Frank P. Jozsa, Larry Schroeder

By Jr. Frank P. Jozsa, Larry Schroeder

This research considers the significance of place for brand new and relocated significant league franchises within the greater than a hundred thirty years because the nationwide League was once based. incorporated are an research of marketplace alterations and similarities, workforce performances and demographics and sector fiscal comparisons. industry information are used to foretell destiny expansions and relocations of significant league groups.

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For sure, the team excelled in one or both of these years because of former manager Lou Piniella’s strategies and the power hitting of batters Edgar Martinez, Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki, and such consistent pitchers as Freddie Garcia and Jamie Moyer. Since 1996, the Mariners’ home-game attendances at the Kingdome— and then in 47,500-seat Safeco Field from 1999 to 2008—have been in the top half of the AL’s 14 teams. Specifically, these numbers exceeded three million spectators in 1997 and again in each of the 2001 to 2003 MLB seasons.

In 1966, Autry moved his eries, businessman Howard Webster, team from Los Angeles to suburban and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Anaheim and then renamed the club Commerce. Later, a “name the team” the California Angels. Two years contest was held in Toronto and Labatt’s after selling a controlling interest of Blue became one choice selected by the the franchise to the Walt Disney Company, 91-year-old Autry died. area’s baseball fans. ] brand of Labatt’s Breweries who, in part, hoped the team’s name would be shortened to Blues and accordingly provide free advertising for a popular product of the company.

3 American League Teams Population Rank of Their Areas in Expansion Year, 1961–1998 Area Anaheim Baltimore Boston Chicago Cleveland Dallas-Fort Worth Detroit Kansas City Los Angeles Milwaukee Minnesota New York Oakland Seattle Tampa Bay Toronto Washington 1961 – 12 7 3 11 – 5 21 2 – 14 1 – – – – 7 1969 20 13 8 3 14 – 5 25 – – 14 1 6 19 – – 7 1977 18 14 10 3 19 8 5 29 – 28 15 1 6 23 – 1 – 1998 17 19 10 3 23 5 9 26 – – 16 1 12 15 21 1 – Note: The numbers in bold are the population rankings of the areas of expansion teams based on the closest census in years.

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