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Portland planning for MLB franchise

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Portland has never had a major league baseball team, but there has long been discussion about bringing a franchise to the city.

And now, according MLB.com, there is a definitive movement amongst some of the cities residents to make it happen.

The backers behind the movement apparently already have a blueprint for a "state-of-the-art baseball-only stadium" with a capacity of 35,000, while mayor Charlie Hales has endorsed a site located in close proximity to the cities Trailblazers NBA franchise. 

Portland used to have a triple-A team, the Portland Beavers, but since 2010 their old stadium is now home to the cities MLS team.

And as the nations 19th largest metropolitan area there is certainly scope for an MLB team to take roots in the area. Even with the Seattle Mariners relatively nearby.

However, even with an infrastructure, and plans, in place there can be no team in Portland until one of the other franchises decides to sell - or the MLB decides to expand.

Reports suggest the Oakland A's have been approached, but so far there has been few positive discussions.

As the chairman of the study to bring Major League Baseball to Portland, Oregon and southwestern Washington notes:

"Nobody wants to sell their team. 

"Nobody wants to move the team (out of the Bay Area)."

So for now the people of Portland may be ready and waiting, plans in hand, to bring an MLB team to their city.

But they will have to bide their time until a space becomes available. 

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