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Next City to get Major League Baseball

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Posted: 5/25/2010 4:22 PM

Next City to get Major League Baseball 


I was watching the Cardinals game the other night, and they had a poll question on which city would be the next to have an MLB team. There were 4 or 5 choices, but the one with 65% of the vote was Indianapolis. The next two cities weren't even close to the amount of votes. Those cities were Las Vegas and Portland.

Being a huge baseball fan, and living in Indianapolis, this would be a dream come true. The support for the Indy Indians is great from what I've seen, and I think the support for an MLB team would be just as good. The team may not be my favorite, but I would definately go to the games, and call them my second team behind the Cardinals.tongue

I can't see Major League Baseball creating a new franchise so my question is: what team do you see moving to Indianapolis if indeed this were to happen?

For me it's:

Pittsburgh - their stadium is farily new, but attendance sucks and they already have a connection to the city with their Triple A team being here

Kansas City - older ballpark, poor attendance, need a change

Baltimore - same reasons as Kansas City

I don't see any franchises that pot out at me that would relocate. What do you guys think?

Last edited 5/25/2010 4:26 PM by HoosierOak24

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Posted: 5/25/2010 4:34 PM

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I would love to see it happen, but Indy won't get an MLB team anytime soon because of its location near Chicago, Cincy, and St. Louis and their media markets. Anyway...go Cards!
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Posted: 5/25/2010 4:46 PM

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I would say the Royals would be the team to move first, from your list. However, the stadium is a really nice place. Attendance is terrible, the team is terrible, but the stadium is worth going and checking out if you've never been there. It's easy to get to, but it would probably draw more people, if it was closer to the downtown area. I would hate to see the Royals leave. But, from your list, I would say they were the most likely to do so.
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Posted: 5/26/2010 11:24 PM

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The O's will never leave "Ballmer".  Absolutely gorgeous stadium (all the stadiums that replaced the 1970s cookie cutters owe a debt of gratitude to Camden Yards, which is still in the running for one of the best in MLB), and a decent (not exactly rabid, but decent) fanbase.

KC - I'll give you the fact that attendance sucks (along with the team), but Kauffman is almost the same as Camden Yards; it may be older, but it's still a damn nice place to watch a ballgame.  KC needs an owner with cash and a GM with some grey matter between his ears (Meche had a decent streak, but is coming back to earth), because I think KC can be a decent sports town, if the team has a prayer of competing (Chiefs still have decent support, despite being putrid the last few years).

Pittsburgh - One of the best stadiums, one of the worst teams. And, it is not a baseball town.  'burghers love football, plain and simple.  The Steelers take priority over anything and everything. Believe it or not, 2-4 is probably Notre Dame/Pitt/West Virginia football (big followings for all 3).  Sid the Kid puts the Penguins at #5.  But, that stadium will be enough to keep them. 

The team I can see moving somewhere is Toronto.  Same story as Pittsburgh in terms of fanbases; the Leafs are far and away #1.  They're the only team in Canada, yet get a craptastic deal in terms of TV blackouts (covers the entire country, like people in Nunavut are going to travel to watch a Jays game anyway...come on).  And the Rodgers Center has about as much charm as a saltine cracker.  Sure, it's functional and seats a ton of people, but has slightly fewer amenities than a dentist's office. 
HoosierOak24 wrote: I was watching the Cardinals game the other night, and they had a poll question on which city would be the next to have an MLB team. There were 4 or 5 choices, but the one with 65% of the vote was Indianapolis. The next two cities weren't even close to the amount of votes. Those cities were Las Vegas and Portland.

Being a huge baseball fan, and living in Indianapolis, this would be a dream come true. The support for the Indy Indians is great from what I've seen, and I think the support for an MLB team would be just as good. The team may not be my favorite, but I would definately go to the games, and call them my second team behind the Cardinals.tongue

I can't see Major League Baseball creating a new franchise so my question is: what team do you see moving to Indianapolis if indeed this were to happen?

For me it's:

Pittsburgh - their stadium is farily new, but attendance sucks and they already have a connection to the city with their Triple A team being here

Kansas City - older ballpark, poor attendance, need a change

Baltimore - same reasons as Kansas City

I don't see any franchises that pot out at me that would relocate. What do you guys think?

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Posted: 5/27/2010 8:40 AM

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RBB89 wrote: I would love to see it happen, but Indy won't get an MLB team anytime soon because of its location near Chicago, Cincy, and St. Louis and their media markets. Anyway...go Cards!
That same old lame thought process was around when INDY was trying to get a pro football team.............................and we all know how that worked out.

Right now I would have to say the Blue Jays are at the top of that list..................and if that ever happened, I can't see the name as the Indianapolis Blue Jays.........just doesn't have a good ring to it.................and it doesn't fit.

'Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged." Ronald Reagan

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Posted: 5/27/2010 9:33 AM

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Guys, great points on Toronto, I didn't even think about them. It is kind of fun to try and "dream up" a team name if Toronto were to move to Indy, but none come to mind that would not be totally off the wall and completely irrelevant to the city or state.

I think the support here would be great for the MLB. There is a ton of talent to come out this area and the state of Indiana each year in baseball. I would love to see it happen!

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Posted: 5/27/2010 1:20 PM

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I'm sure people said the same thing about "Indianapolis Colts" at one time. wink


Kobknocker wrote:

Right now I would have to say the Blue Jays are at the top of that list..................and if that ever happened, I can't see the name as the Indianapolis Blue Jays.........just doesn't have a good ring to it.................and it doesn't fit.

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Posted: 5/27/2010 3:06 PM

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ABSOLUTELY.....THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK...AND THERE IS STILL SOME FROM THE BALTIMORE AREA SAYING THE ONLY 'TRUE" COLT IS A BALTIMORE. COLT.................
ZlineDavid wrote: I'm sure people said the same thing about "Indianapolis Colts" at one time. wink


Kobknocker wrote:

Right now I would have to say the Blue Jays are at the top of that list..................and if that ever happened, I can't see the name as the Indianapolis Blue Jays.........just doesn't have a good ring to it.................and it doesn't fit.

'Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged." Ronald Reagan

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Posted: 5/28/2010 3:22 AM

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Kobknocker wrote: ABSOLUTELY.....THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK...AND THERE IS STILL SOME FROM THE BALTIMORE AREA SAYING THE ONLY 'TRUE" COLT IS A BALTIMORE. COLT.................
ZlineDavid wrote: I'm sure people said the same thing about "Indianapolis Colts" at one time. wink


Kobknocker wrote:

Right now I would have to say the Blue Jays are at the top of that list..................and if that ever happened, I can't see the name as the Indianapolis Blue Jays.........just doesn't have a good ring to it.................and it doesn't fit.

Yeah.  'Cuz Baltimore is so famous for all its horse farms, horse racing and general horse culture.confused

Here are a few suggestions for potential names of a MLB franchise representing the state of Indiana.  I think it would be cool if Indianapolis won a franchise if they named the team the Indiana (fill in the blank) as opposed to the Indianapolis (fill in the blank.)  Here are some suggestions:

Indiana Townies (Mellenkamp reference, Breaking Away reference)

Indiana Cutters

Indiana Stone Cutters

Indiana Clowns (Red Skelton reference)

Indiana Rebels (James Dean reference)

Indiana Stardusters

Indiana Oz

Indiana Munchkins

Indiana Bricklayers

Indiana Ironmen

Indiana Factorymen

Indiana Thrillers

Last edited 5/28/2010 5:04 AM by chicagoHOOSIER

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Posted: 6/1/2010 4:38 PM

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We've been down this road before, and I'm surprised no one as brought this up yet.

Do the Indianapolis Arrows ring a bell to anyone?

Indianapolis Arrows

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Posted: 6/3/2010 3:57 PM

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yea it would be awesome if indiana had a MLB team but its not going to ever happen, econ experts always explain there's not enough room or money in indy for a 3rd pro franchise just too small, kinda pointless to talk about it right now when seeing whats happening to the pacers....i agree that pittsburgh and toronto would be the most logical choices if possible, but those 3 teams mentioned in the OP wow those are 3 of the nicest ballparks in the world, i've been to all 3, PNC if freakin amazing....
GO BRAVES!!


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- Atlanta Braves - Indianapolis Colts - Indiana Pacers
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Posted: 6/3/2010 11:43 PM

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You know, I never thought about that, but there is some truth to that. 

Indianapolis is the 34th largest metro area in the US, with about 1.7 million people.  The smallest city in the US to house 3 major sports franchises is Cleveland, with 2.1 million.  In fact, there are only three cities that are smaller than Indy to have two: Milwaukee, Nashville and New Orleans. 
bjohnson10 wrote: yea it would be awesome if indiana had a MLB team but its not going to ever happen, econ experts always explain there's not enough room or money in indy for a 3rd pro franchise just too small, kinda pointless to talk about it right now when seeing whats happening to the pacers....

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