Hey baseball fans!
With other professional sports leagues expanding and some even becoming more international, like the NHL and NFL, respectively, here is my list of the top five cities in the U.S. and abroad where future MLB franchises should play:
Number Five: Mexico City, Mexico
Why? Like I said before: going international is trending in sports right now and baseball is one of Mexico's most popular sports. Mexico City has a population of around 20 million people, a little bit more than twice that of New York City and it's also the capital of Mexico, meaning that putting an MLB team there will only increase the MLB's popularity around the world.
Number Four: Oklahoma City
Why? OKC only has one professional American sports team right now and, in my opinion, its best years are behind it. Sorry Thunder fans. Additionally, arguably one of the biggest rivalries in baseball right now is between the Rangers and Astros, two Texas teams that have never won a World Series title. Throw another southwestern team into the mix, and you've got yourself a very exciting three-team war.
Number Three: New Orleans
Why? There are plenty of great Hall of Famers from the South, like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and a multitude of others. I'm sure the New Orleans Superdome would sell out for many New Orleans baseball games and one of the Big Easy's most famous characteristics is the same as that of baseball players: being very superstitious.
Number Two: Las Vegas
Why? Prior to the announcement of the new NHL team, there was no professional American sports teams in Sin City and native Las Vegans like Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant have really put the Nevada city on the MLB map. Putting an expansion franchise there would only make the Vegas night life even more exciting, as long as you're not busy gambling.
Number One: Montreal, Canada
Why? You should've seen this coming. Ever since the Expos left Montreal for Washington, D.C., everyone has wanted to see another franchise in the French Canadian city. I mean seriously, the Blue Jays had a packed house at two Spring Training games at Olympic Stadium this past spring. If that doesn't scream "We deserve an MLB team," then I don't know what does.
Do you agree with my picks? Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."
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