Given the recent stadium snafus in Fremont and (maybe) in Miami, I've been musing about what, if any, relocation options teams have. The first cities that usually spring to mind are Portland, Las Vegas, and Charlotte, but I'll admit that the only reason they spring to mind is because I've heard other people mention Portland, Las Vegas, and Charlotte and I'm prone to parroting stuff other people say when I'm too lazy to think about it. Caw, caw, Craigy wants a cracker.
The Biz of Baseball's Maury Brown is no mere parrot, however, and he has ranked the top 10 markets for relocation and expansion, including the methodology, data, and pros and cons of all ten cities listed.
My initial thought: wow, there really aren't any good options, are there? Even if you set aside all of the territorial rights business -- which disqualifies many of the cities as viable options on Maury's list -- just about every one of the cities presents a less than ideal market for Major League Baseball.
On the one hand that's bad because, hey, this stuff is fun to talk about, and it would be more fun if there were some legitimate relocation targets. On the other hand, the relative dearth of good options should force current host cities to hold a firm line when teams come around with their hat in hand looking for upgrades or replacements for their current digs, right?
Dreaming of course.