The future of Major League Baseball discusses the speculations about the changes to Major League Baseball in the future, just like it happened in the past. These include expansion teams, relocations, changes of current team logos and colors, division splits, and changes in season scheduling. This article also discusses about the predicted World Series champions, milestones, and player and team records.
Expansion teams Edit
In the future, I expect that we will have more major league teams, opposely we had fewer teams in the past. I predict that Major League Baseball will have six new teams by 2050 along with all 30 present teams returning. The expansion teams are Las Vegas Aliens, Portland Portals, Montreal Expos (second franchise), Memphis Blues, and Virginia Greens.
Las Vegas Aliens Edit
Las Vegas 51s is a current minor league team. This team will upgrade to a major league in 2022 and rename themselves Aliens. The minor league team will move to Rapid City and rename themselves Geysers. The team colors will be blue and silver and their logos will be the same as the current minor league team. They will play in the new Elvis Stadium. Aliens will be in the American League West division and the franchise's first game will host the San Jose Athletics at home. The interleague rivalry will be Arizona Diamondbacks, a franchise based in Phoenix, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. Since both teams are located in the Mojave Desert, the interleague rivalry series will be called the Mojave Desert Series or simply the Mojave Series or Desert Series.
I predict that Las Vegas Aliens will win their first World Series title in 2048 over the Houston Astros in six games.
Portland Portals Edit
Portland Portals will enfranchise in 2022 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 very dark blue and purple. The logo will be shown as a portal tunnel and a vertical line to the left, making a 'P'. The minor league team Portland Beavers will move to Bismarck while keeping Beavers as a team name. However it is not until 2038 that Portals will have an interleague rivalry, which is Miami Marlins, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. The interleague rivalry series will be called the Diving Ring Series since the marlins live underwater and diving ring is an underwater object shaped like a portal.
I predict that Portland Portals will win their first World Series title in 2062 over the Virginia Greens in seven games.
Montreal Expos Edit
Montreal Expos was in franchise from 1969 till 2004 before they moved to Washington and became the Nationals. However, after just 21 years without the franchise in Montreal, Montreal will get another franchise in 2026 and that team will be called the Montreal Expos again. Montreal Expos will be in the same division as the Washington Nationals in 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 Expos franchise played their home games in Olympic Stadium. Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals will be one of the biggest rivalries in the National League. The interleague opponent of Montreal Expos will again be Toronto Blue Jays, when the former Expos played against them from 1997 till 2004. The interleague rivalry series will be called the Pearson Cup after the exhibition games played between Blue Jays and Expos during the Expos' original franchise. They'll play six games against the Blue Jays each season at both ballparks.
I predict that Montreal Expos will win their first World Series title in 2071 by sweeping the Detroit Tigers.
Virginia Greens Edit
Virginia Green will enfranchise in 2026 in the National League East division, based in Virginia Beach. They will play in the Hampton Stadium. The team colors will be green and white and a logo will be a 'V' with two bats 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 rivalry will be Boston Red Sox as mentioned above, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. The interleague rivalry series will be called the Celtic Series since there is the green NBA team Boston Celtics.
I predict that Virginia Greens will win their first World Series title in 2090 over the Cleveland Indians in six games.
Memphis Blues Edit
Memphis Blues will enfranchise in 2038 in the National League Central (later to NL South) division. Hence its name, the team colors will be blue and white and logo will be a blue 'M' with a music note on the leftmost line of 'M'. Memphis Blues was a minor league team from 1968–76. Today, there is still a minor league team in Memphis but with a team name Redbirds. This team will move to Elkart, Indiana to become Trollies as a new team name. During the first game of the franchise, they will host the Cincinnati Reds to the Midwest Park. The interleague rivalry of Memphis Blues will be the San Antonio Tejanos, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. This interleague rivalry will be called the Music Series, since both teams have music mascots.
I predict that Memphis Blues will win their first World Series title in 2053 over the Minnesota Twins in seven games.
San Antonio Tejanos Edit
San Antonio Tejanos will enfranchise in 2038 in the American League South division. The team colors will be black and white and logo will be 'Tejanos' with a music note replacing j. San Antonio Tejanos was a minor league team 1994. During the first game of the franchise, they will host the cross-state rival Texas Rangers to the Grammy Field. The interleague rivalry of San Antonio Tejanos will be the Memphis Blues mentioned above, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. This interleague rivalry will be called the Music Series, since both teams have music mascots.
I predict that San Antonio Tejanos will win their first World Series title in 2066 over the Virginia Greens in six games.
Oakland Athletics Edit
It was proposed that Oakland Athletics would be moving to a new stadium in Fremont, California for the 2015 season and the team would be renamed to "Oakland Athletics of Fremont." Now it is proposing to relocate this team to San Jose while keeping Athletics as the name set for 2015. San Jose is just 40 miles south of Oakland (technically down the freeway) and the San Francisco Giants would still be the interleague rivalry.
Pittsburgh Pirates Edit
Pittsburgh Pirates will move from the National League Central to the American League Central (later to AL North) in 2026. That move is analogous to the Milwaukee Brewers switching from AL Central to NL Central in 1998 and the Houston Astros from NL Central to AL West in 2013. When the Pirates move to AL in 2026, then it would have two more AL teams than NL teams at 18-16 for the next twelve years, when two more NL teams will come into play. Major League Baseball will have two more American League teams than National League teams at 18–16. Before the move, the Pirates' division rivalries were Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and St. Louis Cardinals. After the move, the Pirates’ division rivalries will then be Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Minnesota Twins.
In 2026, Pirates will open the season in a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at home followed by a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at home. Pirates will then go on a six-game road trip, three against Detroit and three against Minnesota. The interleague rivalry will be Philadelphia Phillies since both teams are in Pennsylvania, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. The interleague rivalry series will be called the Pennsylvania Cup since both teams are in Pennsylvania or the Appalachian Series since Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are separated by the Appalachian Mountains. Pirates used to play five to eight games per season against the Phillies in intraleague games until 2026.
I predict that Pittsburgh Pirates will win their first World Series title as the American League team in 2030 over the National League team Cincinnati Reds in seven games.
Tampa Bay Rays Edit
Tampa Bay Rays have their lowest annual fan attendence of any MLB team, that sparks possible relocation of the team 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 and rename themselves to Knights for the 2028 season.
During the relocation, the minor league team Charlotte Knights will move to Tampa Bay to become Rays, technically switching teams between two cities between MLB and AAA. Charlotte Knights will use a same logo as the current minor league but instead uses black and gray as the team colors. They will not play in same stadium as a minor league team, in a new Knights Stadium. Charlotte Knights will be in the National League East (later to AL South) division. During the franchises's first game, they will host the Tampa Bay Rays. The interleague rivalry of Charlotte Knights will be the Atlanta Braves, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. The interleague rivalry series will be called the Savanna Series after the combining mascots between these teams (horses are brave of savannas).
I predict that they will win their first World Series title as Charlotte Knights in 2033 by sweeping the Colorado Rockies.
Houston Astros Edit
Division split Edit
In 2031 (32 teams at that time), the AL Central and the NL Central will be removed and will be replaced with two new divisions in each league: AL South, AL North, NL South, and NL North. That division split will allow greater geographical rivalries and reduce travel times.
Season scheduling Edit
By the year 2050, the season scheduling would be quite different than the present scheduling. I expect that we will have more interleague games in the future skipping all-season interleague play starting in 2013. Currently, more than half of all teams play 18 interleague games. But by 2050, all teams will play 30 interleague games, which will take place between beginning of June and All-Star Game. Like present, they will play 162 games in the season by 2050. The Opening Day, season finale, All-Star Game, and spring training schedule will be the same, but the postseason will be quite different to be mentioned below. By that season with four divisions in each league, each composing of four or five teams, the number of series the team will play with the other teams are listed below.
- In four-team division, teams play 54 games (18 series) against the division rivalries (6 series for each team), 3 two-game series, 12 three-game series, and 3 four-game series. The teams play 78 games (26 series) against the teams in other divisions in same league (2 series for each team), 6 two-game series, 12 three-game series, and 6 four-game series.
- In five-team division, teams play 72 games (24 series) against the division rivalries (6 series for each team), 6 two-game series, 12 three-game series, and 6 four-game series. The teams play 60 games (20 series) against the teams in other divisions in same league (2 series for each team), 4 two-game series, 12 three-game series, and 4 four-game series.
- All teams play 30 interleague games (10 series) (2 against rivalry), every interleague series are three-game series. Since a team don't play 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 divisons.
By 2050, the postseason will be a bit longer by having more playoff series. In 2011, eight teams went into the postseason; in 2012, ten teams went into the postseason via the second wild card team per league; by 2050, twelve teams will go into the postseason: eight division winners and four top two Wild Card finishes. This postseason will feature League Wild Card Series (LWCS), League Division Series (LDS), League Championship Series (LCS), and World Series (WS). The League Wild Card Series (LWCS) will feature a best-of-three series between two Wild Card teams. The winner of that team will face the fourth seeded division winner in a one-game series and the winner will play the best-of-five League Division series. The winners of that series will advance to the best-of-seven League Championship Series and the winner of that series will go into the World Series, which will also be best-of-seven series. Whoever wins the World Series will earn the World Series ring and Commisioner's Trophy.
Expanded use of instant replay Edit
Since 2008, the only use of instant replay is the home run call. Starting in 2014, MLB will expand the use of instant replay to include fair/foul, trapped ball, and safe/out calls.
Teams arranged in divisions Edit
Below lists the current teams with six divisions, three in each league. Each division contain 4–6 teams, with four of six containing 5 teams.
The listing below gives insight about what will the Major League Baseball might be like around the year 2050. It lists 29 present teams along with six expansion teams and two relocated teams. Unlike the present day with six divisions, MLB will have eight divisions by 2050 with five teams in AL North, AL West, NL South, and NL West divisions and four teams in AL East, AL South, NL East, and NL North divisons. Note that the colors for some teams may not reflect present team colors because the team colors would speculated to be different by 2050. The particular examples are Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and Milwaukee Brewers.
|AL East||AL South||AL North||AL West||NL East||NL South||NL North||NL West|
|Baltimore Orioles||Charlotte Knights||Chicago White Sox||Las Vegas Aliens||Montreal Expos||Atlanta Braves||Chicago Cubs||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Boston Red Sox||Kansas City Royals||Cleveland Indians||Los Angeles Angels||New York Mets||Houston Astros||Cincinnati Reds||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|New York Yankees||San Antonio Tejanos||Detroit Tigers||Portland Portals||Philadelphia Phillies||Memphis Blues||Colorado Rockies||San Diego Padres|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Texas Rangers||Minnesota Twins||San Jose Athletics||Virginia Greens||Miami Marlins||Milwaukee Brewers||San Francisco Giants|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Seattle Mariners||Washington Nationals||St. Louis Cardinals|
Interleague rivalries Edit
Below lists the interleague rivalries when these pairs of teams play six games against one another every interleague play at both ballparks. Three pairs are located in the same city (e.g. Chicago White Sox & Chicago Cubs), six pairs are in different cities within the same state (e.g. Tampa Bay Rays & Miami Marlins), and nine are in different states, districts or provinces (e.g. Toronto Blue Jays & Montreal Expos).
|AL partner||NL partner||Series name|
|Baltimore Orioles||Washington Nationals||Beltway Series|
|Boston Red Sox||Virginia Greens||Celtic Series|
|Charlotte Knights||Atlanta Braves||Savanna Series|
|New York Yankees||New York Mets||Subway Series|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Montreal Expos||Pearson Cup|
|Chicago White Sox||Chicago Cubs||Crosstown Series|
|Cleveland Indians||Cincinnati Reds||Ohio Cup|
|Detroit Tigers||Colorado Rockies||Mountain Cat Series|
|Kansas City Royals||St. Louis Cardinals||Show-Me Series|
|Minnesota Twins||Milwaukee Brewers||Tea Series|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Philadelphia Phillies||Pennsylvania Cup|
|Texas Rangers||Houston Astros||Lone Star Series|
|Las Vegas Aliens||Arizona Diamondbacks||Mojave Desert Series|
|Los Angeles Angels||Los Angeles Dodgers||Freeway Series|
|San Antonio Tejanos||Memphis Blues||Music Series|
|San Jose Athletics||San Francisco Giants||Bay Bridge Series|
|Portland Portals||Miami Marlins||Diving Ring Series|
|Seattle Mariners||San Diego Padres||Warcraft Series|
Predicted World Series Champions Edit
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.
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