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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

I expect that we will have more major league teams in the future, contrary in the past. I predict that Major League Baseball will have eight new teams by 2050 along with all 30 present teams returning. My predicted expansion teams will be Las Vegas Silvers, Montreal Expos (second franchise), Portland Green Sox, Virginia Colonials, Brooklyn Stars, Oklahoma City Cowboys, Utah Pioneers, and Mexico City Aztecs .

Las Vegas Silvers Edit

Las Vegas 51s is a current minor league team. This team will upgrade to a major league in 2019 or 2022 and rename themselves Silvers. The minor league team will move to Rapid City and rename themselves Geysers. The team colors will be red, black,and silver and their logo will be an interlocking LV in silver with black trim. They will play in the new Elvis Stadium. Silvers will be in the American League West division and the franchise's first game will host the San Jose Athletics at home. The interleague rival will be Arizona Diamondbacks, a franchise based in Phoenix, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks.

I predict that Las Vegas Silvers will win their first World Series title in 2048 over the Philadelphia Phillies in six 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 2022 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.

Portland Green Sox Edit

Portland Green Sox will enfranchise in 2026 and will be in the National 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 Green and White. The logo will be shown as a single green sock with a face and holding a bat. The Green Sox will have Seattle Mariners as an interleague rival, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. The interleague rivalry series will be called the Shasta Series.

I predict that Portland Green Sox will win their first World Series title in 2062 over the Brooklyn Stars in seven games.

Virginia Colonials Edit

Virginia Colonials will enfranchise in 2026 in the National League East division, based in Richmond. They will play in the Colonial Dome. The team colors will be Navy, Red & 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 Texas Rangers, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. The interleague rivalry series will be called the Power Series.

I predict that Virginia Colonials will win their first World Series title in 2090 over the Cleveland Indians in six games.

Brooklyn Stars Edit

Brooklyn Stars will enfranchise in 2038 in the American League North division. The team colors will be Red and Gold and logo will be a Gold 'B' in the same style as the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1940s and 50s. Brooklyn Cyclones are a minor league team in the NYP league. This team will move to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to be called the Johnstown Jets as a new team name. During the first game of the franchise, they will host the New York Yankees at Jackie Robinson Memorial Stadium. The interleague rival of Brooklyn Stars will be the Montreal Expos, which means that they'll play six games against them each season at both ballparks. This interleague rivalry will be called the Northern Series I predict that Brooklyn Stars will win their first World Series title in 2053 over the Cincinnati Reds in seven games.

Oklahoma City Cowboys Edit

Oklahoma City Cowboys will enfranchise in 2038 in the National League South division. The team colors will be Orange and white and their logo will be a baseball with a gray cowboy hat. During the first game of the franchise, they will host the Texas Rangers to the OKC Field. The interleague rival of Oklahoma City Cowboys will be the Kansas City Royals.

I predict that Oklahoma City Cowboys will win their first World Series title in 2064 over the Baltimore Orioles in six games.

Utah PioneersEdit

Utah Pioneers will enfranchise in 2040 in the American West Division. The team colors will be sky blue and green. Their logo will be the letter 'U' with a raccoon cap over the right side. They will host their first home game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Salt Lake Stadium.

I predict Utah Pioneers will win their first World Series title in 2073 over the Miami Marlins in four games.

Mexico City AztecsEdit

Mexico City Aztecs will enfranchise in 2041 in the National League South Division. The team colors will be dark green and maroon. Their logo will be a maroon 'A' with a black arrowhead pointing through. They will host the St. Louis Cardinals at Aztec Park.

I predict the Aztecs will win their first World Series title in 2059 over the Utah Pioneers in five games.

Relocations Edit


Chicago White Sox (2048) Edit

In 2048 the White Sox will move south to Indianapolis and become the Indiana White Sox. The stadium they will play at the new stadium that destroyed Victory Field(home of the Indianapolis Indians)Their new Stadium New Comiskey Park will twice the size as The Cell and be home to the Indianapolis Clowns (NFC North team replacing the Detroit lions in 2038). In 2078 The White Sox will move to Dallas and become the Dallas Stars (replacing the NHL Dallas Stars that left the NHL in 2059). There rival will be the Chicago Cubs then in 2078 the rival will be the La Dodgers

Oakland Athletics Edit

The Oakland Athletics will move to a new stadium in San Jose, California for the 2039 MLB season and the team would be renamed to "San Jose Athletics." Now it is proposing to relocate this team to San Jose while keeping Athletics as the name . 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 would still be the interleague rival.

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 the Rays, 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 American League East (later to AL South) division. During the franchises's first game, they will host the Virginia Colonials 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.

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

The Blue Jays after years of trying to get a new stadium in the city of Toronto will relocate to Buffalo, New York and will be renamed the "Buffalo Browns" in 2077. Their new team colors will be of course brown with orange being the secondary color. Their logo will be an orange silhouette of a buffalo on brown background. The Buffalo Bisons minor league team will relocate to Hartford, Connecticut and be renamed the Hartford Rams.

I predict they will win their first World Series title as the Buffalo Browns in 2088 over the St.Louis Cardinals in four games.

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. Currently, every team play 20 interleague games every season. 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.

Postseason Edit

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 LWCS will face the fourth-seeded division winner for one-game to determine who will play the best-of-five League Division series against the #1 seeded team. 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.

Teams arranged in divisions Edit

Present 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

Future Edit

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, San Diego Padres, and Milwaukee Brewers. Maybe there might be more that we don't know about yet!!!

AL East AL South AL North AL West NL East NL South NL North NL West
Baltimore Orioles Charlotte Knights Texas Astros Las Vegas Silvers Montreal Expos Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs Arizona Diamondbacks
Boston Red Sox Indiana White Sox Cleveland Indians Los Angeles Angels New York Mets Brooklyn Stars Cincinnati Reds Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Yankees Kansas City Royals Detroit Tigers Portland Green Sox Philadelphia Phillies Miami Marlins Colorado Rockies San Diego Padres
Buffalo Browns Utah Pioneers Minnesota Twins San Jose Athletics Virginia Colonials St. Louis Cardinals Milwaukee Brewers San Francisco Giants style="background-color:#FB4F14; text-align:center" Oklahoma City Cowboys Texas Rangers Seattle Mariners Washington Nationals Pittsburgh Pirates Mexico City Aztecs

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 Philadelphia Phillies Revolution Series
Charlotte Knights Atlanta Braves Savanna Series
New York Yankees New York Mets Subway Series
Toronto Blue Jays Montreal Expos Pearson Cup
Indiana White Sox Chicago Cubs Border Cup
Cleveland Indians Cincinnati Reds Ohio Cup
Detroit Tigers Pittsburgh Pirates Treasure Cove Series
Texas Astros Miami Marlins Vacuum Series
Minnesota Twins Milwaukee Brewers Tea Series
Kansas City Royals St. Louis Cardinals Show-Me Series
Texas Rangers Virginia Greens Power Series
Las Vegas Aliens Arizona Diamondbacks Desert Series
Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers Freeway Series
Portland Portals Colorado Rockies Tunnel Series
San Antonio Tejanos Memphis Blues Music Series
San Jose Athletics San Francisco Giants US-101 Series
Seattle Mariners San Diego Padres Warcraft Series

Predicted World Series Champions Edit

  • 2015: Cubs over Rays 4–0
  • 2016: Giants over Red Sox 4–3
  • 2017: Angels over Giants 4–1
  • 2018: Tigers over Dodgers 4–0
  • 2019: Red Sox over Cardinals 4–2
  • 2020: Rays over Cardinals 4–2
  • 2021: Braves over Athletics 4–1
  • 2022: Angels over Reds 4–0
  • 2023: Tigers over Brewers 4–3
  • 2024: Rays over Nationals 4–3
  • 2025: Dodgers over Angels 4–3
  • 2026: Mariners over Marlins 4–2
  • 2027: White Sox over Reds 4–1
  • 2028: Athletics over Mets 4–2
  • 2029: Athletics over Rockies 4–3
  • 2030: Pirates over Rays 4–3
  • 2031: Pirates over Indians 4–2
  • 2032: Dodgers over Mariners 4–2
  • 2033: Knights over Rockies 4–0
  • 2034: Rockies over Astros 4–0
  • 2035: Brewers over Knights 4–1
  • 2036: Knights over Nationals 4–1
  • 2037: Orioles over Braves 4–3
  • 2038: Rockies over Angels 4–2
  • 2039: Rangers over Rockies 4–2
  • 2040: Yankees over Reds 4–0
  • 2041: Astros over Nationals 4–0
  • 2042: Reds over Royals 4–2

  • 2043: Cubs over Athletics 4–0
  • 2044: Cardinals over Twins 4–2
  • 2045: Marlins over Portals 4–1
  • 2046: Brewers over Portals 4–2
  • 2047: Angels over Padres 4–2
  • 2048: Aliens over Phillies 4–2
  • 2049: Knights over Dodgers 4–1
  • 2050: Nationals over Tejanos 4–2
  • 2051: Phillies over Red Sox 4–2
  • 2052: Cubs over White Sox 4–1
  • 2053: Blues over Twins 4–3
  • 2054: Twins over Padres 4–3
  • 2055: Rangers over Rockies 4–3
  • 2056: Rockies over Orioles 4–3
  • 2057: Yankees over Expos 4–0
  • 2058: Blues over White Sox 4–1
  • 2059: White Sox over Diamondbacks 4–1
  • 2060: Cubs over Tigers 4–3
  • 2061: Athletics over Phillies 4–3
  • 2062: Portals over Greens 4–3
  • 2063: Knights over Diamondbacks 4–2
  • 2064: Braves over Portals 4–3
  • 2065: Royals over Blues 4–3
  • 2066: Tejanos over Greens 4–2
  • 2067: Blue Jays over Nationals 4–3
  • 2068: Cardinals over Indians 4–0
  • 2069: Red Sox over Padres 4–0
  • 2070: Twins over Padres 4–0
  • 2071: Expos over Tigers 4–0
  • 2072: Tigers over Phillies 4–0

  • 2073: Cubs over White Sox 4–2
  • 2074: Giants over Aliens 4–1
  • 2075: Giants over Indians 4–3
  • 2076: Knights over Phillies 4–1
  • 2077: Mets over Red Sox 4–2
  • 2078: Pirates over Angels 4–3
  • 2079: Braves over Pioneers 4–0
  • 2080: Giants over Portals 4–1
  • 2081: Padres over Angels 4–1
  • 2082: Brewers over Yankees 4–0
  • 2083: Diamondbacks over Yankees 4–1
  • 2084: Giants over Royals 4–3
  • 2085: Orioles over Rockies 4–2
  • 2086: Cubs over Stars 4–3
  • 2087: Cubs over Stars 4–3
  • 2088: Braves over Aliens 4–3
  • 2089: Cubs over RedSox 4–3
  • 2090: Greens over Indians 4–2
  • 2091: Aliens over Blues 4–3
  • 2092: Indians over Dodgers 4–3
  • 2093: Braves over Silvers 4–0
  • 2094: Giants over Yankees 4–1
  • 2095: Stars over Mets 4–3
  • 2096: Giants over Orioles 4–1
  • 2097: Browns over Cubs 4–3
  • 2098: Portals over Reds 4–3
  • 2099: Aliens over Marlins 4–3
  • 2100: Cubs over Knights 4–3
  • 2101: Knightsover Greens 4–3
  • 2102: Royals over Phillies 4–2
  • 2103: Pirates over Knights 4–0
  • 2104: Phillies over Yankees 4–3

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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