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08:12 AM ET 07.26 | White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is at it again. Speaking on a panel discussion about baseball in Israel, [Reinsdorf] was asked by a fan about the possibility of international expansion. He said he'd rather see two teams contracted. "I don't see any baseball expansion right now," he said. "If it were up to me, I would contract two teams. But I certainly don't think expansion on the horizon." When fans yelled, "What two teams?" Reinsdorf clammed up. "I have a habit of getting myself into trouble," he said. ... While the possibility seems unlikely today, these aren't Reinsdorf's first public comments about the possibility of eliminating teams. In early 2002, he spoke of the possibility of contracting the Minnesota Twins.

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July 26, 2012  08:31 AM ET

I'm guessing he'd want to contract the Cubs and Yankees, because that's the kind of guy Jerr-Bear is.

July 26, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Meanwhile, he tried to buy a hockey team in a failing market.....

July 26, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Which two teams? Hmmm... I'd say Houston and Seattle, and then move Milwaukee back to the AL.

July 26, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Israel is where he said this? Odd.

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July 26, 2012  10:12 AM ET

How about Da Jets & Chisox!

July 26, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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How about Da Jets & Chisox!

Yeah, Reinsdorf wants to contract his own team and an NFL team.

July 26, 2012  10:25 AM ET

Time for an all kosher baseball team it seems.....NEXT!

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July 26, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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Add teams in San Antonio and Nashville.Get it done.

Iowa could use a pro team.... :) so could the Dakota Twins

July 26, 2012  11:27 AM ET
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Rather than contract, add two more teams. Then, go to four divisions in each league with no wild card. Division winners only get in the playoffs.Add teams in San Antonio and Nashville.Get it done.

Not right away, but I think this is the direction bb is moving. I wonder about Mexico City as an expansion point--Mexico loves baseball, and the city is certainly big enough to support a team.

San Antonio is a good idea too--Texas is losing it's NL franchise next year when Houston moves to the AL.

July 26, 2012  11:55 AM ET
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Not right away, but I think this is the direction bb is moving. I wonder about Mexico City as an expansion point--Mexico loves baseball, and the city is certainly big enough to support a team.San Antonio is a good idea too--Texas is losing it's NL franchise next year when Houston moves to the AL.

We saw an experiment similar to Mexico City with the Expos playing in San Juan. In the short term, it was a success, but in the long-term, I don't think it would be practical. Mexico isn't exactly Canada when it comes to political and economic stability, as well as the language barrier and the long flights from cities like Boston, New York and Seattle. It's not a bad idea in theory, but I think that couldn't happen for another decade or two, at the least.

July 26, 2012  12:24 PM ET

The jackass known as Harold Reynolds called for the contracting of the Tigers some years ago. I believe this was before he was fired for sexual harassment, basic stupidity, and lack of knowledge. By the way, since making the comments, the Tigers have gone to the World Series, won their first AL Central title and have had 2 years of attendance north of 3 million. Just sayin.

July 26, 2012  12:30 PM ET
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The jackass known as Harold Reynolds called for the contracting of the Tigers some years ago. I believe this was before he was fired for sexual harassment, basic stupidity, and lack of knowledge. By the way, since making the comments, the Tigers have gone to the World Series, won their first AL Central title and have had 2 years of attendance north of 3 million. Just sayin.

They played well in the World Series.

July 26, 2012  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Not right away, but I think this is the direction bb is moving. I wonder about Mexico City as an expansion point--Mexico loves baseball, and the city is certainly big enough to support a team.San Antonio is a good idea too--Texas is losing it's NL franchise next year when Houston moves to the AL.

Mexico is a BAD idea...I can see the Yankees team bus being hijacked by a cartel and rtamsomed for a billion dollars...%$#& Mexico...

July 26, 2012  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

They played well in the World Series.

Right now the Tigers and White Sox are making BB interesting anyway.

July 26, 2012  01:25 PM ET
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Which two teams? Hmmm... I'd say Houston and Seattle, and then move Milwaukee back to the AL.

Seattle and Houston as well as Kansas City and Miami. There is not enough quality talent to go around.

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July 26, 2012  01:55 PM ET

What a hack. More teams should be added, not taken away, especially not Houston. The Astros were only in the world series in 2005 and are in the midst of a massive rebuild. It's crap to believe that there is "not enough quality talent to go around."

 
July 26, 2012  02:11 PM ET
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Toronto NEEDS to be contracted...what a joke of having a single team in Canada

They won the Series in 1992 & 1993 and tend to do better each year than Baltimore in the very tough AL East. Toronto is a lot closer to Western New York than the Yankees or Boston, so think of them as the Buffalo Blue Jays. If you want to contract a team, how about the Marlins? Or at least their owner.

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