Nashville has always been one of the four or five cities people toss out when talking about MLB expansion — alongside Las Vegas, Louisville, Charlotte and Montreal — but it looks like Tennessee's capital is moving in the direction of getting a team sooner than later. Former Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski is joining Music City Baseball, LLC, the group lobbying to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville.
Tennessean — "It’s clear to me that Nashville is ready for Major League Baseball, and Music City Baseball is making smart and exciting decisions as it works to bringing a team here," Dombrowski said in a statement. "From its relationship with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to its community support, Music City Baseball has built a strong foundation.
"Nashville is a city with deep baseball roots, and as we emerge from the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, I believe baseball, and more specifically Music City Baseball, can play an important role in bringing the city back together. My wife Karie and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Nashville community.”
Honestly, Nashville is the best spot in the country MLB could move a team or put an expansion franchise. It's one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and is full of everything you'd want in a place you're going to place a franchise.
And MLB seems to like Nashville, given that the Triple-A Nashville Sounds have been in talks with MLB to have a season in which two teams repeatedly play each other and act as an emergency MLB player pool this year.
The Sounds already have a very nice ballpark which opened in 2015 that many have speculated could be retrofitted for a Major League franchise, though it's unclear just yet how all that would work. But everything is in place for Nashville to have baseball.
While an expansion team seems more likely, can you imagine how good a team like the Rays would be if you put them in a city like Nashville, where they'd have fans and money? That franchise would almost overnight become one of the best in baseball. And then you throw in the amazing team nickname possibilities and the merch sells itself.
All you have to do is turn on one Preds or Titans game and you can see the fervor for sports that exists in Nashville — just not Vandy, they don't count. A Big League club would do exceptionally well.
I will always be an Atlanta Braves ride-or-die, but I'm all in on MLB coming to Nashville. Hopefully Dombrowski helps this thing happen.