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Chicago Cubs and the Postseason 108 Years in the Making

October 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

During September 2016, Lexington Books published Major League Baseball Organizations. Within two tables of the book are the all-time performances of, respectively, American League (AL) and then National League (NL) teams.  Among the latter are the 140-year-old Chicago Cubs with five division titles, ten pennants, and two World Series as of their 2015 season. Of […]

Besides Charlotte Knights, AAA Teams Find New Homes

October 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Between 1945 and 2010, twenty-one International League (IL) teams moved their operation from one city to another. Seven of them played games in the league’s 2013 season while others relocated again or simply terminated as enterprises in professional baseball. The AAA Charlotte Knights will relocate from nearby but growing Fort Mill, South Carolina, and open […]

Baseball Beyond Borders

August 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Between 1998 and 2012, the international players participating on teams in MLB increased from approximately twenty to twenty-seven percent. After finishing their careers, a fraction of them had opportunities to be full or part time employees in the front offices of American or National League (AL or NL) teams. Some former ballplayers decided to become […]

College Baseball Economics

July 18, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

During August-September of 2012, a New York company named Springer will publish College Sports Inc.: How Commercialism Influences Intercollegiate Athletics. Produced and distributed as a ‘SpringerBrief,’ the book contains seven chapters and includes a Foreword and Acknowledgements, and an Appendix, Bibliography, and Index. Besides the Introduction in Chapter 1 and Conclusion in Chapter 7, the […]

Charlotte Knights Get New Home

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Since early 2012, the Charlotte Observer has published a series of articles about negotiations, proposals, and strategies to move the minor-league AAA Charlotte Knights baseball franchise fromFort Mill,South Carolina to a site somewhere in theCharlotte metropolitan area. Besides effects on the team and its fans, these articles discussed such matters as whether to fund the […]

Economics of MLB Ballparks

February 18, 2012 by · 5 Comments 

Several sources in the literature provide general and specific economic and financial data and basic sport statistics about each current and former Major League Baseball Ballpark (MLBB). These sources, as a group, include academic studies, articles in books, journals, magazines and newspapers, industry reports, and websites. With respect to MLBBs, authors focus on and analyze […]

MLB Fan Cost Index

January 29, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Besides Major League Baseball (MLB) teams’ market population, popularity and win-loss record, their attendances at home games depend on such factors as prices of tickets and other Items while at the ballpark. This information initially appeared in 1994 when a company named Team Marketing Report (TMR) published a Fan Cost Index (FCI) for the 1993 […]

The Business of Baseball

January 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Such current, popular, and reputable publications as Business Week, Forbes and Fortune, and the former Financial World contain annual financial data and other information about Major League Baseball (MLB) and the league’s franchises. Based partly on what these magazines published on professional sports, there are economists and various organizations that research and perform studies, and […]