MLB Expansion, Possible Destination: Portland, Oregon

Portland:  One of the largest cities without a team, this would be a safe bet for Major League Baseball.  This city has been thrown around in almost every discussion on expansion.  This one will likely happen.  The population is over 625,000 -  but it has a couple more Million in the Metropolitan area.

Portland: One of the largest cities without a team, this would be a safe bet for Major League Baseball. This city has been thrown around in almost every discussion on expansion. This one will likely happen. The population is over 600,000 – but it has a couple more Million in the Metropolitan area.

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MLB Expansion Destinations: Portland Oregon

The second city I think is a contender for MLB expansion is Portland Oregon. I think that MLB in the next 8 or so years will expand to 32 teams with one team absolutely somewhere on the west coast.

I think the west coast is a necessity due to division alignment and that the Astros who are located in the central time zone are in the American League West. Which West Coast team is the answer that we don’t know about yet.

I will Clarify that Portland WILL NOT receive the Oakland Athletics!!!!!!!!!!!

Portland due to high precipitation will require a retractable roof stadium. I would make the stadium kind of funky like the young “hip” town of Portland which is commonly referred by its natives as “Portlandia”.

The Mariners have one of the gem stadiums in all of baseball right now.  With the same kind of climate in the PAC NW as Seattle, any stadium built would have to feature a retractable roof.

The Mariners have one of the gem stadiums in all of baseball right now. With the same kind of climate in the PAC NW as Seattle, any stadium built would have to feature a retractable roof.

Portland currently lies within Seattle’s territorial rights but the distance between the two cities is far to large to drive between.

Finding an ownership should not be a problem with Silicon Valley a short flight away but I am scared by the lack of fortune 500 companies in the area and have some worry that their sponsorship revenues will not rival other clubs.

I believe Phil Knight would have an interest in owning a professional team in his home state.

As with any city currently competing to get a team funding the ballpark will be a discussion and i expect if Portland really wants a team they will pay for some or all of the stadium and in the long run I do believe that it pays off.

It may not payoff in black and white numbers but for city morale, tourism, nightlife, and recognition they will benefit greatly.

The folks at www.sportsmanagementworldwide.com are big supporters of bringing professional baseball to Portland with key figures Maury Brown who is a writer for Forbes and founder of bizofbaseball.com and Lynn Lashbrook who is a key sports management educational figure part of the group trying to lure MLB to their city.

Portland has the 19th largest metro area in the country and one other large professional team. The Lightrail system in Portland will be critical to transport people to the game like it is in Denver or the subway system in New York.

Portland is also a growing city in a growing area which is something i determine to be very important when looking at places to put a franchise.

As people continue to avoid California’s ridiculous 13.3 % state income tax they need locations to relocate to and I find the cities of Denver, Pheonix, Las Vegas, and Portland the most sensible.

This city does have about 100 years worth of baseball history, including several long stints in the Pacific Coast League, with the last one leaving the nest in 2010 – when a new park wasn’t built.

The Mariners do hold territorial rights, but this was also the case when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, and the ownership of the Nationals cut a check to Peter Angelos and the Baltimore Orioles in order to gain acceptance into the  MLB. A hurdle yes,  but not one that is unfathomable.

The Mariners do hold territorial rights, but this was also the case when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, and the ownership of the Nationals cut a check to Peter Angelos and the Baltimore Orioles in order to gain acceptance into the MLB. A hurdle yes, but not one that is unfathomable.

Portland is known for their unique personalities and unique “keep Portland Weird” way of life. They are the craft beer capital of the country with a rising food scene with a twist such as Voodoo donuts.

Portland was ranked the 7th best park system by parkscore – and it has an international airport about 20 minutes from the heat of the city.  PDX is rated as the favorite conditions of any airport in America

Odds they get a MLB Franchise in the next decade: 62%

Keep pushing for a team and you might get one although i can’t guarantee. To me this seems a very logical choice. Good Luck to ya Portland!

Our “Chief Writer” Hunter Stokes contributed to this article.

Newly renovated BC Place Stadium, with $600 Million Dollars in upgrades, re-opened on Sept.30/2011 with and features a 100 by 85 retractable roof. The lights also illuminates different colors both inside and outside of the building.  The stadium could be converted to meet MLB specifications.  If Portland isn't on the MLB list of expansion because of the stadium issue, than perhaps another PAC NW team like Vancouver would get a shot.  A current team may even move there for  few years while a park in Portland is built.

Newly renovated BC Place Stadium, In Vancouver, B.C. Canada, with $700 Million Dollars in upgrades, re-opened on Sept.30/2011 with and features a 100 by 85 retractable roof. The lights also illuminates different colors both inside and outside of the building. The stadium could be converted to meet MLB specifications. If Portland isn’t on the MLB list of expansion because of the stadium issue, than perhaps another PAC NW team like Vancouver would get a shot. A current team may also even move there for few years while a park in Portland is built. (Ahem….Tampa Bay…

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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