Via BTF, we find a very cool set of charts over at the Wages of Wins Journal* showing which metropolitan areas in the U.S., based on local income and size, could support expansion franchises or relocated franchises for the major sports.
The upshot for baseball: there really is no place for a team to move that isn’t already part of another team’s existing territory. The largest cities have gotten larger and richer and they are the most viable options for new or relocated franchises. New York could handle at least one more. Two if you count Stamford/Bridgeport/Norwalk, Connecticut. Chicago could handle one. The Inland Empire of California. Any of the other usual suspects such as Las Vegas are “marginal” at best.
Maybe it’s academic. It appears that the Athletics are going to get their stuff figured out soon. That leaves only the Rays as a problem. At least for now.
* Yes, I realize the post is from October. I never saw it before, though, and that’s one of the reasons why I go to Baseball Think Factory every day. They always find this kind of stuff.