In the future, changes to Major League Baseball will likely be made. This article features specific speculations –– expansion teams, teams relocating to different cities, changes to team logos and colors, changes in season scheduling, and changes to the game itself. This article also lists speculative future World Series champions, and player, team and baseball records that'll possibly reach.
Expansion teams Edit
It is assumed that there will be more major league teams in the future. I predict that there will be 32 teams by 2050, compared to 30 teams at present. The expansion teams will be Portland Pioneers and Montreal Saints.
Portland Pioneers Edit
Portland Pioneers will enfranchise in 2026 and will be in the American League West division. During the franchise's first game, they will host the Seattle Mariners at Cascade Park. Then Seattle Mariners will have a close rivalry. The team colors will be sky blue and green. Their logo will be the green letter 'P' with sky blue enclosure.
The Pioneers will have Arizona Diamondback as an interleague rival, meaning every year they'll play six games against them each season, three at each ballpark. The interleague rival series will be called the Varanid Series.
I predict that Portland Pioneers will win their first World Series title in 2062 over the relocated team Virginia Colonials in seven games.
Montreal Saints Edit
Montreal Expos existed from 1969 till 2004 before they moved to Washington and became the Nationals. Numerous Montreal fans were sad following their move to Washington, and player's strike of 1994 may be a blame as Montreal had the best record in baseball when that baseball season was cut short and postseason was cancelled. However, after just 22 years without the baseball team in the city, Montreal will get an expansion team for the second time and be named the Montreal Saints in 2026. Montreal Saints will be in the same division as the Washington Nationals in the National League East division. During the opener of that franchise, they will host the Washington Nationals at Labatt Ballpark, which will be built two blocks south of Molsen Centre. The first franchise played their home games in Olympic Stadium. Saints and Nationals will be the most interesting rivalry in the National League.
Like the former Montreal team, the interleague rival of Montreal will be Toronto Blue Jays, meaning the Saints will play six games against the Blue Jays every year, three games at each team's ballpark. Expos played against the Blue Jays from the introduction of interleague play in 1994 until their final year in Montreal in 2004. The Expos-Blue Jays matchup was called the Pearson Cup, but the Saints-Blue Jays matchup will be called the Lake Ontario Series, since part of the road between the home cities lie near the banks of Lake Ontario.
I predict that Montreal Saints will win their first World Series title in 2071 by sweeping the Detroit Tigers. Montreal would have their first World Series championship more than a hundred years after the first team was enfranchised. Who' knows? If player's strike never occurred in 1994, maybe Montreal Expos would have won the World Series. The former Expos franchise is predicted to win the World Series once as Washington.
Relocations and renames Edit
From now until the year 2050, there will be five teams relocating either to a different city or its nickname will simply be renamed. Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Miami Marlins, and Chicago White Sox will move to a different city, while San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs will simply be renamed while staying in the city.
Tampa Bay Rays to Charlotte Edit
Tampa Bay Rays have their lowest annual fan attendance of any MLB team; that sparks possible relocation to a different city. St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster prohibits the team on the lease until 2027. After the lease expired, the team would be free to go, moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2028 while keeping their nickname. They will stay in the American League South division.
During the relocation, the minor league team Charlotte Knights will move to Tampa Bay to become the Rays and will be the Triple-A affiliate of the team that just moved from Tampa Bay, switching teams between two cities between MLB and AAA, or essentially downgrading the Tampa Bay team from major league to minor league. Charlotte Rays will use similar team colors except they will change the logo to make it fit for the city they relocated to. They will play in the Meineke Field. Charlotte Rays will still be in the American League South division. During the franchise's first game, they will host the Toronto Blue Jays.
The interleague rival of Charlotte Rays will be the Atlanta Braves, meaning they'll play six games against each other every year, three at each ballpark. The Rays-Braves matchup will be called the Savanna Series, due to their nearness to the prominent terrain.
I predict that they will win their first World Series title since moving to Charlotte in 2033 by sweeping the Colorado Rockies.
Oakland Athletics to San Jose Edit
The Oakland Athletics will move to San Jose, California for the 2039 MLB season and the team will be renamed to San Jose Athletics. The team colors will remain the same except they will also add green pinstripes to their home uniforms that same year. San Jose is just 40 miles south of Oakland (technically down the freeway) and the San Francisco Giants will still be the interleague rival.
After moving to San Jose, they would not win the World Series for the rest of the century, though they will appear in the 2043 and 2061 World Series.
San Francisco Giants Edit
In 2039 following their 80th anniversary of the franchise move to San Francisco from New York, the team owner decides to rename this nickname to Barons to match better with the city. Giants was named after their original city that is the giant among the cities in the U.S.
Chicago Cubs Edit
Following the 2041 season, team owner and the Chicago mayor will agree to rename this team to Chicago Blues starting in 2042 in an effort to turn the franchise around. This decision will prove helpful as just two years after changing their nickname, their 135-year championship drought will end by winning the World Series by sweeping the San Jose Athletics.
Miami Marlins to Virginia Edit
Due to its low attendance in Miami, the Marlins will relocate to Virginia in 2046 while changing their nickname to Colonials. They will still be in the National League South division. They will play in the Colonial Dome in Virginia Beach. The team colors will be navy blue, red and white and a logo will be a 'V' with two colonial era rifles making up that letter and a baseball in the center. During the first game of that franchise, they will host the Washington Nationals.
The interleague rival will be the Dallas Rangers, calling the Colonials-Rangers matchup the Development Series. This will be the most distant separation between interleague rivals in baseball.
I predict that Virginia Colonials will win their first World Series title in 2090 over the Cleveland Indians in six games.
Chicago White Sox to Indiana Edit
In 2048 the White Sox will move south to Indianapolis to become the Indiana White Sox. The will play at a stadium built on the site of the previously demolished stadium, Victory Field (home of the minor league baseball team Indianapolis Indians). Their new Stadium, Sprint Center, will twice the size as the U.S. Cellular Field and be home to the Indianapolis Clowns (NFC North team replacing the Detroit Lions in 2038).
I predict that after the relocation, they would appear in six more World Series by the end of this century, winning three, including their World Series title during their first year in Indiana over the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
Division realignment Edit
With two new teams added in 2026, leagues will realign into four four-team divisions by replacing AL Central and NL Central with AL South, AL North, NL South, and NL North. That division split will have greater competition between rivals and also reduce travelling. The most important effect of the alignment is that each league will get one more division winner, hence one more playoff berth while keeping two wild cards.
Season scheduling Edit
Season scheduling will be somewhat different by 2050 than present scheduling. Currently, every team play 20 interleague games per season. But by 2050, all teams will play 27 interleague games per season. Like present, they will play 162 games in the season by mid-century. Dates of Opening Day, season finale, All-Star Game, and spring training schedule will be the same, but the postseason will be little different to be mentioned below. By that season with four four-team divisions in each league, the number of series teams will play with the other teams are listed below.
- Against the division rivals, every team will play 54 games/18 series (18 games/6 series against each team).
- Against the intradivision opponents, every team will play 81 games/27 series (6 games/2 series against each of the 9 teams, 9 games/3 series against each of the 3 teams).
- Against the interleague opponents, every team will play 27 games/9 series, including 6 games/2 series against the interleague rival. Since they won't be playing against every team from a different league, teams will mainly be played in an interleague division determined by the four-year rotation as well as at least one team from three other divisions.
- In the years when every team play in an interleague division outside of their cross-division (e.g. AL West vs. NL East, AL East vs. NL South), they will play all four teams in their designated division for 3 games/1 series each, 6 games/2 series against the interleague rival (3 games/1 series each at home and on the road), and 9 games/3 series against teams from other interleague division, 3 games/1 series against one team from each non-designated division, including one from the cross division.
- In the years when every team play in the cross interleague division (e.g. AL North vs. NL North), they will play all four teams in their cross division for a total of 18 games/6 series, including 6 games/2 series against the interleague rival and 6 games/2 series against the randomly selected team from that cross division, 3 games/1 series each at home and on the road, and 9 games/3 series against teams from other interleague division, 3 games/1 series against one team from each non-designated division.
In the same year when two new teams were added and divisions were realigned, in 2026, the Wild Card matchup will be added to each league and expanded to a best-of-three League Wild Card Series (LWCS). Since there will be an extra division, hence one more division winner in each league, two more playoff qualifier will be added to MLB to increase the number of playoff qualifiers to 12, six in each league. The LWCS will be different as it won’t have just wild card teams playing, but wild card qualifiers playing against the lower seeded division winners, just like the Wild Card Round in the NFL. The winners of LWCS will advance to the LDS, the winner of #3 and #6 seeded team matchup will face the #2 seeded team in the LDS, while the winner of #4 and #5 seeded matchup in the LWCS will face the #1 seeded team in the LDS. From then on, playoff format will be the same as present, with the best-of-five LDS, best-of-seven LCS, and best-of-seven World Series.
Teams arranged in divisions Edit
Below lists the current teams with six divisions, three in each league. Each division contain five teams.
|AL East||AL Central||AL West||NL East||NL Central||NL West|
|Baltimore Orioles||Chicago White Sox||Houston Astros||Atlanta Braves||Chicago Cubs||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Boston Red Sox||Cleveland Indians||Los Angeles Angels||Miami Marlins||Cincinnati Reds||Colorado Rockies|
|New York Yankees||Detroit Tigers||Oakland Athletics||New York Mets||Milwaukee Brewers||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Kansas City Royals||Seattle Mariners||Philadelphia Phillies||Pittsburgh Pirates||San Diego Padres|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Minnesota Twins||Texas Rangers||Washington Nationals||St. Louis Cardinals||San Francisco Giants|
Below shows what the divisions and team colors will be like in 2050. Relocated and renamed teams except for White Sox and Rays will have different colors than current name teams in current cities. The main present team colors for Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Kansas City Royals would have changed by 2050. They will have eight divisions (four in each league), each containing four teams.
|AL East||AL South||AL North||AL West||NL East||NL South||NL North||NL West|
|Baltimore Orioles||Charlotte Rays||Indiana White Sox||Los Angeles Angels||Montreal Saints||Atlanta Braves||Chicago Blues||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Boston Red Sox||Dallas Rangers||Cleveland Indians||Portland Pioneers||New York Mets||Colorado Rockies||Cincinnati Reds||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|New York Yankees||Houston Astros||Detroit Tigers||San Jose Athletics||Philadelphia Phillies||St. Louis Cardinals||Milwaukee Brewers||San Diego Padres|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Kansas City Royals||Minnesota Twins||Seattle Mariners||Washington Nationals||Virginia Colonials||Pittsburgh Pirates||San Francisco Barons|
Interleague rivalries Edit
Below lists interleague rival pairs as well as series matchup names between them by 2050. These pairs play six games against one another every year, three at each ballpark. Two pairs are located in the same city (New York and Los Angeles), three pairs are in different cities within the same state (e.g. Cleveland Indians & Cincinnati Reds), and eleven are in different states, districts or provinces (e.g. Toronto Blue Jays & Montreal Saints).
|AL partner||NL partner||Series name|
|New York Yankees||New York Mets||Subway Series|
|Los Angeles Angels||Los Angeles Dodgers||Freeway Series|
|Indiana White Sox||Chicago Blues||Crosstown Series|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Montreal Saints||Lake Ontario Series|
|San Jose Athletics||San Francisco Barons||Bay Series|
|Baltimore Orioles||Washington Nationals||Beltway Series|
|Boston Red Sox||Philadelphia Phillies||Revolution Series|
|Cleveland Indians||Cincinnati Reds||Ohio Cup|
|Kansas City Royals||St. Louis Cardinals||Show-Me Series|
|Charlotte Rays||Atlanta Braves||Savanna Series|
|Minnesota Twins||Milwaukee Brewers||Tea Series|
|Detroit Tigers||Pittsburgh Pirates||Treasure Cove Series|
|Houston Astros||Colorado Rockies||Rocket Series|
|Portland Pioneers||Arizona Diamondbacks||Varanid Series|
|Seattle Mariners||San Diego Padres||Warcraft Series|
|Dallas Rangers||Virginia Colonials||Development Series|
Possible milestones Edit
By 2100, I expect that we will have lot more milestones and a lot of current records will break. The examples of milestones may include (current records are in parentheses)
- A batter may hit 800 home runs in their career (Barry Bonds hit 762 home runs in his career)
- A batter may hit 80 home runs in a single season (Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs in 2001)
- A batter may hit home runs in 10 consecutive games (Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987), and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993) hit home runs in 8 consecutive games)
- A batter may get 200 RBIs in a single season (Hank Wilson had 191 RBIs in 1930)
- A batter may hit 40 triples in a single season (Chief Wilson hit 36 triples in 1912)
- A batter may hit .450 in a single season in at least 500 at-bats (Hugh Duffy had a .440 batting average in 539 at-bats in 1894)
- A batter may have a 60-game hitting streak (Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak in 1941)
- A batter may get 300 hits in a single season (Ichiro Suzuki had 262 hits in 2004)
- A batter may get 5000 hits in their career (Pete Rose had 4,256 hits in his career)
- A player may play 3000 consecutive games (Cal Ripken Jr. played 2,632 consecutive games)
- A runner may reach base 100 consecutive games (Ted Williams reached base 84 consecutive games in 1949)
- A runner may steal 150 bases in a single season (Rickey Henderson stole 130 bases in 1982)
- A runner may steal 1500 bases in their career (Rickey Henderson stole 1,406 bases in his career)
- A pitcher may throw 10 consecutive shutouts (Don Drysdale threw 6 consecutive shutouts in 1968)
- A pitcher may throw 3 consecutive no-hitters (Johnny Vander Meer threw 2 consecutive no-hitters in 1938)
- A pitcher may throw 2 consecutive perfect games (23 pitchers threw 1 consecutive perfect game)
- A pitcher may throw 10 no-hitters in their career (Nolan Ryan threw 7 no-hitters in his career)
- A pitcher may throw 3 perfect games in their career (23 pitchers accomplished the feat once)
- A pitcher may record 6000 strikeouts in their career (Nolan Ryan recorded 5,714 strikeouts in his career)
- A pitcher may go 100 innings without issuing a walk (Bill Fischer went 84.1 innings without issuing a walk in 1962)
- A pitcher may throw 30 straight hitless innings (Cy Young went 25.1 straight hitless innings in 1904)
- A pitcher may throw 300 straight homerless innings during the live-ball era (Greg Minton went 269.1 straight homerless innings from 1979–1982)
- A pitcher may throw 75 straight scoreless innings (Orel Herschiser went 60.1 straight scoreless innings from 1988–1989)
- A pitcher may throw 20 straight perfect innings (Mark Buehrle went 15 straight perfect innings in 2009)
- A pitcher may throw 110 mph (106 mph pitch thrown by Aroldis Chapman in 2011)
- A team may win 30 consecutive games (Chicago Cubs won 21 straight games in 1935)
- A team may finish the 162-game season with 120 wins (116 wins by Seattle Mariners in 2001)
- A team may score 20 runs in one inning (Chicago White Stockings scored 18 runs in 7th inning on September 6, 1883)
- A team may score 40 runs in a game (Chicago Colts scored 36 runs on June 29, 1897)
- A team may shutout the opponents 40 times in a single season (Chicago Cubs shutout the opponents 32 times in 1907 and 1909)
- A team may overcome a 10-run deficit in the ninth inning and win it (1901 Blues and 1990 Phillies overcame an 8-run deficit in the ninth inning and won)
- A team may get 20 walk-off wins in a single season (New York Yankees got 17 walk-off wins in 1943)
- A team may get involved in 40 extra inning games in a single season (Boston Red Sox played 31 extra inning games in 1943)
- A team may turn 5 triple plays in a single season (Boston Red Sox and San Jose Athletics turned 3 as the most recent record in 1979)
- A team may hit 300 home runs in a single season (Seattle Mariners hit 264 home runs in 1997)
- A game may last 30 innings (a game between Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers lasted 26-innings that ended in a tie due to nightfalling on May 1, 1920)
- There may be 5 perfect games during the single MLB season (3 perfect games in 2012)
- There may be 15 no-hitters during the single MLB season (8 no-hitters in 1884).
If the Yankees keep rolling along during the 21st century like they did during the 20th century, they may have 50x World Series Champions by 2100. But I predict that the Yankees will only win three championships from now until 2100, which is just perfectly enough to have their 30x World Series Champions. I also predict that all 36 teams have at least one championship by the turn of the 22nd century.
Predicted World Series Champions Edit
- Future MLB expansion
- Where Should MLB's Next Expansion Teams Go?
- Should The MLB Expand The Playoffs? The Argument For A Second Wild Card