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BeerGuyJordan    876
On 7/28/2017 at 9:56 PM, HedleyLamarr said:

At this point, every market currently without a MLB franchise is a "secondary market" to some team.  Vegas, Portland, Nashville, Indianapolis, etc.  That won't be a deciding factor.

While not wholly off base, that's a gross oversimplification.

 

There's little to no question which team(s) the majority of the baseball fans follow in places like Providence (BoSox), Columbus (Indians and Reds), or Memphis (Cardinals). All of those are cities that are large enough to make a push, if they had a stadium. The fact is that they won't.

 

Why not? It's not like they're close enough to have to pay indemnification fees. Answer: they're a significant secondary market to another team, and there are better places to expand.

 

Some cities aren't a significant secondary market for any team. Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, and Charlotte are examples of that. It absolutely should be one of many factors considered. 

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HedleyLamarr    1,311
1 hour ago, BeerGuyJordan said:

There's little to no question which team(s) the majority of the baseball fans follow in places like Providence (BoSox), Columbus (Indians and Reds), or Memphis (Cardinals). All of those are cities that are large enough to make a push, if they had a stadium. The fact is that they won't.

 

Why not? It's not like they're close enough to have to pay indemnification fees. Answer: they're a significant secondary market to another team, and there are better places to expand.

Providence and Columbus aren't going to pursue a MLB-sized stadium because they know they're never getting a team.  And Memphis simply can't afford 81 homes a year..  Has nothing to do with being a "significant secondary market".  (Memphis to St. Louis is about the same distance as Nashville is to both Atlanta and St. Louis)

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JH42XCC    44

From how I see the 2018 Triple-A Affiliate Shuffle...

  • Las Vegas 51s: Mets ---> D'Backs
  • Reno Aces: D'Backs ---> A's
  • Nashville Sounds: A's ---> Twins
  • Rochester Red Wings: Twins --> Mets

This probably makes a lot of sense.

 

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the admiral    10,240

Isn't Las Vegas baseball on the ropes? Maybe it's a stopgap until another AAA Tucson team.

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Gothamite    5,897

It's as we said way back at the beginning of this thread; Vegas baseball is in dire need of a new facility.  So much so that no MLB club wants to partner with them. 

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BeerGuyJordan    876
21 hours ago, HedleyLamarr said:

Providence and Columbus aren't going to pursue a MLB-sized stadium because they know they're never getting a team.  And Memphis simply can't afford 81 homes a year..  Has nothing to do with being a "significant secondary market".  (Memphis to St. Louis is about the same distance as Nashville is to both Atlanta and St. Louis)

And why are Columbus and Providence never getting a team? Lack of demand. Primarily due to proximity to another team, and strength as a secondary market.

 

Memphis has the long-standing St. Louis AAA affiliation, and isn't any closer to any other teams. Memphis is Cardinals territory.

 

Big difference from Nashville, who is roughly 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours from St. Louis, Atlanta, and Cincinnati. They're also the A's affiliate, and Milwaukee's before that. Nashville is a no man's land.

 

I'm not arguing that Nashville should get a team. I'm just saying that the reasons they're not getting one are different than some of the other cities mentioned. 

14 hours ago, the admiral said:

Isn't Las Vegas baseball on the ropes? Maybe it's a stopgap until another AAA Tucson team.

I went to Sidewinders and Spring Training games at the old TEP. It's a great ballpark for Spring Training, the proximity to Phoenix is what killed that.

 

I don't think anyone, MiLB or Tucson, wants triple-A ball back. June is hot enough to keep away fans, and the monsoons dominate July and August. The only way they'd have a real chance would be getting a covered (retractable, ideally) stadium, and I don't think anyone is spending that kind of money.

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Rebuy    15

BeerGuy- Hey man I live in Tucson as well.  I'm originally from Nashville, so it's good to see another Preds fan in this town.

 

I'd love to see Tucson get AAA again but there are a lot of things that work against it as mentioned. The weather is the number one obstacle, extreme heat and the monsoons would present a challenge. Traffic is a nightmare going east to west at all times. Finding a truly convenient location that doesn't inconvenience half your potential customers is an enormous challenge. It's also a very strange town in many ways, easily the most apathetic city I've ever seen. Personally I love the level of complacency as it makes for an extremely pleasant place to live without  the rat race vibe. Unless it's U of A related, it will be difficult to get people excited.  Tucson is its own little world. 

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kroywen    1,400

There's no sense in MiLB going back to Tucson at this point. Arizona already has an MLB team, spring training, and the Arizona Fall League. It's a saturated baseball market, and trying to shoehorn in a AAA team playing outdoors in July and August, with the heat and the monsoons, would be totally unnecessary.

 

Las Vegas is a tricky situation, but unless they build a new stadium soon, that team would be better off moving to greener pastures (literally). Not sure what unlucky team will draw the short stick during the next AAA reshuffle, but I feel bad for that team's prospects having to go through Vegas.

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AstroBull21    551

Update to Rays news, the ownership says

“We have sites in mind, and it’s a question of what will get done around the site and how are they going to get paid for,” he said. “And once municipalities are able to line those things up, not completely buttoned up but at least to a good extent, then we’ll be able to make a decision.”

Sternberg said they were hoping to have a decision by the end of the season, but the end of the year may be more likely.

 

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/sternberg-rays-ready-to-make-quick--decision-once-they-get-stadium-options/2332121

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Bmac    337

Not that this has any chance of happening, but would a second team in Boston or Philadelphia ever survive?

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ltp74    48
18 minutes ago, Bmac said:

Not that this has any chance of happening, but would a second team in Boston or Philadelphia ever survive?

No, there's a reason the Braves and A's moved back in the 50's same with the Browns leaving St. Louis.

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Bucfan56    3,692
11 hours ago, MBurmy said:

 

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I'd say the Diamondbacks are total morons to believe that, but they'll probably get a brand new taxpayer funded open air yard in Ahwatukee out of this because Phoenicians and their government officials are even bigger morons. 

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the admiral    10,240

Open-air in Phoenix, how's that gonna work out? 8 p.m. first pitch every game?

 

Update to Rays news, the ownership says

“We have sites in mind, and it’s a question of what will get done around the site and how are they going to get paid for,” he said. “And once municipalities are able to line those things up, not completely buttoned up but at least to a good extent, then we’ll be able to make a decision.”

Sternberg said they were hoping to have a decision by the end of the season, but the end of the year may be more likely.

 

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/sternberg-rays-ready-to-make-quick--decision-once-they-get-stadium-options/2332121

I liked the concept for the sailboat stadium.

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OnWis97    2,204
1 hour ago, vikmurphy said:

That stadium is 19 years old how did it fall into such a spot of disrepair? 

20 years is the new 30 years.

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AstroBull21    551
1 hour ago, vikmurphy said:

That stadium is 19 years old how did it fall into such a spot of disrepair? 

Anything's possible if you don't keep up routine maintenance.  (just speculating on my part)

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Bucfan56    3,692
7 hours ago, vikmurphy said:

That stadium is 19 years old how did it fall into such a spot of disrepair? 

 

It didn't. It's bull :censored: the team is throwing out there to try and ransom another taxpayer funded yard out of the dopes in Maricopa County because they've seen the way the wind blows down there in regards to publicly funded sports stadiums. 

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bosrs1    645
22 hours ago, vikmurphy said:

That stadium is 19 years old how did it fall into such a spot of disrepair? 

 

It's not. Just typical maintenance issues any stadium is going to have as it nears 20 years old. But neither side wants to be the ones to pay for it. And the D-Backs won't leave the bigger Phoenix market to go slum in Vegas. They're just posturing trying to scare the city into paying for their desired upgrades.

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