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Exploring the Opportunities for MLB Expansion

This week’s FanPulse survey polled all fans on MLB expansion, in addition to the weekly team-focused questions.

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Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Cardinals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

With Major League Baseball toying with expansion possibilities, fans have different opinions on which city they would most like to see a new team. In this week’s FanPulse survey, fans for all 30 teams were asked to pick one city - Charlotte, Las Vegas, Montreal, Nashville, or Portland - that they think would be the best fit.

As expected, Montreal garnered the most attention, tallying 31 percent of the vote. I found it interesting that Las Vegas, Nashville, and Portland each got about 20 percent of the vote, hinting that many fans across the board have a particular liking for these cities. Charlotte was the least-selected city, with about 12 percent of the vote, though another North Carolina city has been mentioned in this topic - but was not included in the survey.

I especially agreed with what Max Rieper of Royals Review had to say regarding expansion in Nashville:

Looking over the results from the week’s team-specific questions, St. Louis fans are a little more supportive of manager Mike Shildt this week. Approval in Shildt jumped 14 percent and sits at 76, the highest it has been in four weeks. Overall confidence in the team has rebounded nicely. Coming off of last week’s season low of 23 percent, about 46 percent of surveyed Cardinals fans are confident in the direction of the club.

Entering play on Friday, the Cardinals are in third place in the National League Central division. If you’d like to participate in these weekly surveys, please sign up using the link at the top of this story.