But what if the Charlotte and the Carolinas counter offered MLB with building two stadiums for fear of losing the bid? From Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville are a 240 mile hike. It's pretty much an equidistant draw. 380 miles from ATL is Memphis, which is 280 miles from Cardinals cathedral.
You have two large cities spread apart in your state. In all of the Carolinas, stretching south Charlotte and a non-enormous population in South Carolina doesn't make for a great Carolina draw. Both stadiums if built would be better in North Carolina, unless you had weekend games now and again in South Carolina.
|Surrounding states with MLB? Georgia. That's it. Technically Missouri.|
The same amount are in North Carolina. In South Carolina, there are 3, if you're thinking another Carolina brand. 160 miles separate Charlotte and Raleigh in state. 3.2 million between the two. 0.65 million people are in between around Winston-Salem. Were a stadium to be placed south for a more Carolina brand, loosely speaking there are a million people between Columbia and Charleston 100 miles apart.
There are 1.3 million folks around Memphis and 1.5 in center state capital. That's less of a concentration than North Carolina. Two Triple-A teams in NC. But there's more AA in Tennessee.
The Volunteer state has two Triple-A baseball affiliates, too. Double A on the east side in three teams: Smokies and Lookouts and Jackson Generals. The love is spread out. Can a Tennessee brand unite better than the brand in Atlanta? Of course. Two stadiums in Tennessee beats two in the Carolinas. You know it.
|Well over half a million people round off the east side of Tennessee in places like Chattanooga. Baseball in Knoxville above.|
What would you name them? In naming, you could break the tone of the old game. Fightin' Irish..... Fightin' Appalachians. Smokies is nice.
|Bordering Cardinals Country in Memphis|
Share the love. Spread the love. Could you spread the love further? Are you thinking New Orleans or anyone else?
I have talked before of a Southern brand of sharing baseball in Nashville and Charlotte, as well as others.
Click below links (from Index):
Atlanta having two baseball teams ??? Existing infrastructure strengthens the argument for a team called "Southern".
Tennessee Pioneers MLB Team Might Play where NFL's Titans Should. Sharing the State. MLB Memphis and Nashville.
Major League Baseball in Nashville and New Orleans
Minor League Soccer. A Travel Team Representing Two Towns or more.
MLB Memphis and Nashville.
What say you?