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September 19, 2014

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MLB needs to expand to Montreal, Las Vegas; the sooner, the better

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Stephen R. Sylvanie / Special to the Sun

Rangers runner Aaron Cunningham, right, slides safely into third base as Cubs third baseman Edwin Maysonet bobbles the throw during a spring training game in 2013 at Cashman Field.

MLB has not had expansion since Arizona and Tampa Bay came into the fold in 1998, and with the growth of the global talent pool since then and the headaches caused by having two leagues of three divisions with five teams each, the time is right for the move from 30 teams to 32.

There are two obvious cities for expansion teams: Montreal and Las Vegas. Both have stadia that have hosted regular-season games in the past, and the cases for both are rather plain. The Expos may be more popular now than they were when they existed, and Stade Olympique was jumping for two Mets-Blue Jays exhibition games in March. By getting to Las Vegas before the other major professional sports, baseball could gain a foothold in a burgeoning market while acting with confidence rather than a century of fear with regard to gambling.

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