This statement isn’t remotely close to the truth in the case of Baltimore. The city continues to hemorrhage people, the housing market is declining. I’m all for keeping the O’s here, but there are facts and then there is this statement. I’ve lived here for 43 years. I own two houses, one of which I spent 6 months trying to sell unsuccessfully because the rental market is strong. The market for home sales keeps showing home values decreasing while home values in the rest of the country increases. Sure millennials are renting but they are putting roots down in the community.
As for the article, I think it’s mainly clickbait. Camden Yards is a crown jewel in the pantheon of ballparks. The Baltimore media market is a top 30 market in the US and that doesn’t factor in the greater viewing area reaching from Harrisburg/York extending down to Charlotte. Remove Baltimore from MLB and you risk a huge potential boycott of the game which certainly would impact the bottom line as these fans allegiances certainly would not transfer geographically if at all.
I believe expansion is a greater possibility at this point for Nashville, Vegas, or San Antonio as I believe MLB would look more to add to its base than risk potentially turning off one of the biggest media markets in the country.