Baseball's Back, Baby!

Hey baseball fans, grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks, because spring training is in full swing!

The crack of the bat, the smell of freshly cut grass, the hope for a winning season – it's enough to melt even the coldest winter blues. But amidst the sunshine and optimism, there's always some juicy news and quirky trends bubbling up from the practice fields. So, let's grab our virtual sunflower seeds and dig into the latest baseball buzz:


During last season’s All-Star game the MLB launched new uniforms debuting Nike’s Vapor Premier material which provides 25% more stretch and dries 28% faster but fans and players were skeptical about the look, quality, and the transparency. Since Spring training started, players are noting "see-through" pants and “amateurish” small lettering. The new performance uniforms haven’t exactly hit a home run with the players (or many fans). After a chorus of grumbles and memes, both the MLB and Nike have said that adjustments will be made to ensure both quality and performance ahead of Opening Day.


Automated balls and strikes are being tested in the minors, and let's just say, the calls are pretty accurate. But will we see automatic ball-strike systems (ABS)calling the shots in the majors soon? Unlikely in 2024, according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, calling out that there are “unresolved operational issues” that need to be addressed such as defining the computerized strike zone before the MLB starts to use ABS


There are currently 30 teams in the MLB split between the National League and the American League. The last expansion teams added were the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devils Rays in 1998. Commissioner Manfred has noted that he sees the league expanding to 32 teams by 2029. However, concrete plans don’t yet exist and the estimated costs associated with two new teams entering the league could exceed $4 billion. Either way, candidate cities include Austin/San Antonio, Charlotte, Mexico City, Montreal, Nashville, Orlando, Portland, OR, Raleigh, San Jose, and Salt Lake City. What cities do you want to see with baseball teams before 2030?