Major League Baseball is in the midst of a golden season, highlighted by a historic postseason where the Boston Red Sox finally advanced to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Coming off a World Series appearance, the MLB offseason has undergone a significant change as teams become more focused on the future. On the field, the season is just getting underway, while the off-season is still in its infancy. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the MLB teams that are coming to SportsBay in 2019. As the official trade and ticketing platform for the MLB, we’ll be welcoming more than 300 MLB teams to our Orlando, Florida, facility starting in March. To learn more about each of these upcoming expansion teams, check out What do the new teams have in common? They’ll be coming to SportsBay.
The Reds are making their second consecutive expansion team and are coming to SportsBay for the first time in 2019. The team, which is set to begin to play in 2020, will be known as the Reds FC. They will play at the new Public Radio Park in downtown Cincinnati.
Chicago White Sox
A legendary franchise that has had six different names over the course of its history, the Chicago White Sox will be making their second consecutive expansion team in 2019. The team will be called the United Soccer League’s FC Chicago. The team will play at the newly renovated United Soccer League Park in Downtown Chicago.
Denver, CO currently has a Major League Baseball team and the NHL team, the Colorado Rockies, but it will be the second time in as many years that the city will be home to an MLB team. The Rockies will be making their second expansion team in 2019, joining the MLS expansion team, the Colorado Rapids, who will also begin play in 2019. The team will be called the “igloos.”
Miami will be home to an MLB expansion team for the second time in as many years, as the Marlins will make their second consecutive trip to SportsBay in 2019. While the team is still set to call Biscayne Park home, the new ballpark will be known as Marlins Park. The Marlins will play in the Sun Life Stadium, which is located in south Miami-Dade.
The Pirates are making their first expansion team in 19 years, and they’ll be doing so in the most unlikely of locations – Pittsburgh. The team will be called the Pirates FC, and they’ll play their home games at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley region.
San Diego Padres
The Padres are coming back to SportsBay for the third time, and they’re bringing their Major League Baseball team, the San Diego Padres, back to the Miami area for the first time since 2002. The team will be called the Soles and will play at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego.
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals will be making their third expansion team in four years and their third in Florida, as the Cardinals will be bringing their Major League Baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, back to Miami for the first time since 1985. The team will be called the Cards and will play at the Miami SunLife Stadium.
After missing the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, the Washington Nationals are coming back to Miami for the first time since 1996. The team will be called the Chants and will play at Marlins Park.
Final Words – Does SportsBay Have What It Takes to Expand?
When it comes to Major League Baseball teams that are coming to SportsBay in 2019, there are a few things that stand out.
The Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Colorado Rockies are all expansion teams, which will make their debut in the 2019 season.
Cincinnati, Chicago, and Colorado are all hitting it rich in the coming years, so they’ll be vital to the growth of the city and the MLB.
The Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and San Diego Padres will be making their debuts in 2019 but will be needing new stadiums to host their teams and the MLS expansion team, the Colorado Rapids, who are also set to begin to play in 2019, will be using Dick’s Sporting Goods Park until it is formally dedicated in 2020.
The talent and history of these teams will make for some exciting and engaging games to watch.
Depending on the results of their renovations, Biscayne Park may not be big enough to host all the teams that come to Miami in 2019. Stay tuned.
That wraps up our tour of the MLB teams that are coming to SportsBay in 2019. Be sure to check out the rest of our coverage of the league, and come talk baseball with us at the ProAm Practice Facility in the winter!