Major League Baseball wants to expand — and Charlotte is on its radar

Major League Baseball wants to expand ??€” and Charlotte is on its radar

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte is on the mind of Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

During a TV appearance on Fox Sports Tuesday for the MLB All-Star Game, Manfred mentioned Charlotte as a potential fit for an expansion team.

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“We have a real list of cities that I think are not only interested in having baseball, but are viable in terms of baseball — places like Portland, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Nashville in the United States, certainly Montreal, maybe Vancouver, in Canada,” Manfred said. “We think there’s places in Mexico we could go over the long haul.”

The league currently has 30 teams and is exploring expanding to 32. There is no guarantee the league, which last added a team in the late 90s, will expand.

The notion of pursuing a major-league team surfaced from time to time in Charlotte during the 1980s and 1990s as did debate over whether the city could support an MLB franchise.

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