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South Side Sox Reacts: MLB Expansion

Voters think Nashville is ready for the big time

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Despite coming off of a season that saw MLB owners fighting with players over profit sharing during a shortened year and a year before the end of the CBA, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made a surprising comment — the league is looking to expand.

However, according to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, a slight majority of fans don’t think the league should add any new teams.

The commissioner mentioned six potential expansion locations across North America. Nashville, Charlotte and Portland were the three cities in the United States, plus Montreal and Vancouver in Canada. Manfred also included Mexico, and although he didn’t mention a specific location within Mexico, it is believed to be Monterrey.

Fans ranked those cities in order of the ones they would most like to see host a new MLB team. Nashville took the top spot, followed by Montreal, which was previously home to the Expos.

The next question MLB would need to answer is how many teams should be added. The last MLB realignment organized teams into even divisions for the first time since the last expansion. In order to keep even divisions, each league would need to break in to four divisions (if MLB expands to 32 teams).

Fans, however, are OK with misaligned divisions as long as the American and National leagues are even.

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