MLB could entertain the possibility of an expansion in the not-so-distant future, with two teams joining the existing 30 to reach 32.
That’s what common sense indicates, at least, but first, the league will likely want to determine the future of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland Athletics.
In case there is an expansion, however, a former prominent big leaguer is preparing an important bid to take MLB baseball to Nashville, Tennessee.
“A group led by 3x World Series champion Dave Stewart is preparing a $2 billion bid for an MLB expansion franchise in Nashville, per @ESPN. The proposed ‘Nashville Stars’ would become the first majority minority-owned team in MLB history,” Front Office Sports tweeted.
A group led by 3x World Series champion Dave Stewart is preparing a $2 billion bid for an MLB expansion franchise in Nashville, per @ESPN.
The proposed 'Nashville Stars' would become the first majority minority-owned team in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/wAjKK6eU9P
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) April 20, 2022
“Smoke” Stewart was a very good pitcher back in the day, earning a 168–129 record with a 3.95 ERA and 1,741 strikeouts.
A Proven Winner Wants To Prioritize Minority Leaders
He won three World Series: one with the Los Angeles Dodgers, one with the Athletics (when he was the MVP, in 1989) and one with the Toronto Blue Jays.
“The time has come for Black ownership in Major League Baseball,” Stewart said, per Front Office Sports.
The account also tweeted that “the former All-Star plans to identify high-net-worth investors for joint ownership of a Nashville team, prioritizing minority leaders. MLB expansion will “likely” come in the next 3-5 years.”
It sounds like a very solid plan, at least on the surface.
He seems determined to give minorities the spaces they deserve, and owning an MLB team could be a really cool way of doing so: it’s hard to think of a better thing than generating jobs in America’s pastime.
The next step would be attracting investors into the plan, but Stewart seems eager to work to achieve that.