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Where Should Baseball Play Its Next Exhibition?

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In recent years, Major League Baseball has showcased its games in a variety of exciting locations, from the Yankees and Red Sox playing in Europe last year to the MLB shining a light on Omaha, Neb. and Williamsport, Pa. So once restrictions from the pandemic are lifted, where might the MLB head next?

Sports Illustrated's Emma Baccellieri and Max Goodman, alongside host Robin Lundberg, weigh in with ideas.

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Robin Lundberg: Major League Baseball likes to showcase the games in different places. But where should MLB head next? For more, I'm joined by our Emma Baccellieri and Max Goodman of Inside the Pinstripes. Emma, let's start with you. What would be a good location for the next showcase? 

Emma Baccellieri: Yeah. Looking far into the future at a time when it would be safe to do this with fans and normal travel restrictions, I think it would be really cool to do something with some of the historic minor league stadiums. You know, there are some really great, interesting ones around the country. There's the Asheville Tourists Park, which was built in the 1920s and has a lot of great history. There's the Vermont Lake Monsters Park in Burlington, which is older than Fenway or Wrigley, it's one of the oldest continuously used stadiums in the country. And places like that, I think, would be a really cool way to connect with fans in different areas and could bring a new focus to baseball.

Classic Fenway Stadium

Classic Fenway Stadium

Robin Lundberg: Max, what about you? You know, what venues do you like outside of the house that Babe Ruth or Derek Jeter built? 

Max Goodman: Well, my idea kind of goes hand-in-hand with Emma's, actually. As much as I'd love to go abroad—and the world has a vast amount of options, especially Latin America where a lot of players are from—I think MLB could focus domestically. And the one cool thing about the Field of Dreams idea, which may not happen this summer—it's still on schedule as of now, but we'll see—is that it would have been the first game in Iowa in MLB history. As cool as the connection to the movie is, why not bring MLB games to different states that haven't had one before? So, even if it's connected to a national landmark as well, why not out in Hawaii with a splashdown home run to the Pacific Ocean or up at Mt. Rushmore or somewhere in the South? You know, I think that could bring a lot more domestic fans and make America's pastime even better than it was. 

Robin Lundberg: You know, I would counter that you if you want to broaden the game, you might want to go globally a little bit. But certainly good ideas. Emma, max, appreciate your time, as always. Thanks.

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