MLB has always been a source of excitement and passion for baseball fans all over the world. As the league continues to redefine its existence, it brings both challenges and opportunities that keep sports fans on their toes.
Athletics for Moving from Oakland to Las Vegas
The buzz about Oakland players relocating to Las Vegas has intensified. In relation to the team’s plans to move the game to Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed regret for Oakland fans, yet refuted accusations from Oakland’s mayor that the franchise employed city negotiations as a coercion tactic.
After being ranked last in the American League last season, the franchise disclosed that it had secured a deal to acquire land close to the Las Vegas Strip with plans to construct a stadium equipped with a retractable roof. This is after the team’s efforts to construct a stadium in California’s Bay Area fell through.
In a bid to construct a new stadium with a capacity of 30,000-35,000, the A’s have entered into a public-private partnership with Nevada and Clark County. The team aims to renew its efforts next year and relocate to its new arena by 2027.
MLB Heads South of the Border
Mexico is abuzz with excitement as MLB makes its long-awaited return after a hiatus of four years. The event has piqued the interest of fans and the country’s economic sector alike. The National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism of Mexico City estimates that the Mexico City Series 2023 may even yield an economic impact of up to 18 billion pesos ($996.48 million).
On April 29-30, the Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium, where the Diablos Rojos del México play in the Mexican Baseball League (LMB), will welcome MLB once again. It will host two games between the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants in the MLB.
Last November, sales for the Mexico City series opened up and were all claimed in less than three hours, totaling 20,062 seats. Ticket costs range from 680 to 4,200 pesos ($37.64 to $232.51), but the figures can rise with subsequent resales.
The Rays Make History
The Tampa Bay Rays have won a total of 20 games this season, picking up a 14-0 record when playing at Tropicana Field. They are also part of a small group of teams in the modern era to have achieved at least 20 wins in their first 23. Impressively, Tampa Bay has managed to outscore their opponents by a huge margin of 102-34 when playing on their home field.
In the history of the AL/NL, the Chicago White Sox in 1885 had a 14-game winning streak, which has now been tied by the Rays. Moreover, the White Sox set the record for the longest hitting streak in AL/NL history with 21 games in 1880.
Tampa Bay also made history by becoming the fourth team to start a season with 13 straight wins, setting a new franchise record for the longest winning streak at the same time. Last Monday marked the end of the streak when they finally failed to pick up a home run.
Rangers Put Pressure On Pérez
Martín Pérez returns to the mound for the Texas Rangers today in what will be his fifth outing of the season. The lefty will face the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
The Rangers want to stay at the top of the American League West Division and they want Pérez to make it happen. He’s looking for his third straight win in the campaign and, of course, there’s no pressure on him tonight. The Rangers are ahead in the odds in the first meeting between these two since 2019.
Marlins Continue Without Arráez
Luis Arráez was not part of the starting lineup for the Miami Marlins on Monday and it showed. It was an important game for the team, the start of a four-game series on the road against the Atlanta Braves.
Arráez suffered a minor injury to his left index finger last week, so the hope is that it is not a recurrence of that problem. He has shown himself to be the best hitter in the Big Show this season, with a .444, and he also has a .506 on-base percentage.
The Braves took down the Marlins on Monday night, handing them an embarrassing 11-0 loss. The good news for Marlins fans and the team, though, is that Arráez is expected to return Tuesday. Oddsmakers aren’t convinced it will be enough, giving the Braves the game at odds of around -230 to +190.