Safe at What Home: What City Without a Baseball
Would be Best Able to Support one?
According to the Scarborough Study, Hartford, Connecticut had the most
baseball fans of all the cities without a Major League Baseball
In comparing the study's findings to the Hartfore region, we see
map of males in the Hartford area that Hartford does not have a
high male population, but neither do Boston
or New York. Both of these cities have have long supported their
franchises. Yet, in looking at
map of married persons in the Hartford area we do see that Hartford
does have a relatively high population of married
persons. This corresponds to the Scarborough Study's finding that
Major League Baseball fans are married (58%).
Aside from the study, I thought of some other important
demographics that I believe Major League Baseball should consider in
the location of baseball teams.
18-29 year olds:
A map of the continental United States showing
, normalized by area using ten "natural breaks," shows that the
area in southern New England has a relatively high population when
to the rest of the country. Another
map of the Southern New England region confirms our suspicions.
Notice how Hartford has a relatively large
population of 18-29 year olds and it sits between two even higher
in the Boston and New York areas. This
map of 18-29 year olds in the Hartford area zooms in on this
relationship between the three cities. Due to its
relatively high population and the fact it sits between two very high
of 18-29 year olds, I believe major league baseball would be wise to
Hartford as a possible location for a Major League Baseball franchise.
Current and desired demographics may well include Hispanics, who are
represented among Major League Baseball players. This high
is a result of the game's immense popularity in the Caribbean nations,
and Venezuela. Although I have not observed any evidence
the level of baseball fandom for Hispanics, due to the high percentage
Hispanic players in Major League Baseball, I believe their
should be considered when analyzing the validity of a franchise.
is a map of the Hispanic population
by area in Southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions
. Notice how Hartford, like the Washington, D.C. area, has a
high Hispanic population, especially in comparison to other baseball
notably Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.
Since baseball is very popular in Japan, and due to the recent influx
Japanese players into the Major Leagues, I believe it is wise to
Asian demongraphics. As one can see from this
map of the Asian population in the continental U.S.
, Hartford is very close to a large concentration of Asians in the New
City region. By zooming in on the Northeast, we see
through this map that Hartford's population, when normalized by
square miles, has a higher
Asian population within its specific county than all of the other
with baseball franchises in that region. These maps certainly
a strong case for Hartford to have a baseball team if one is valuing
Although I have not located any statistics to support my claim,
believe that baseball has fallen behind basketball and football with
to the average African-American sports fan. A strong reason may
to the fact that football and basketball have a greater percentage of
players than does baseball. In looking at the Northeast part of
country, it is clear from our map of the
population that Hartford does not possess as large a black
population as the other
cities with baseball franchises. If one values the
demographic with regards to the survival of a Major League Baseball
one would probably not support a decision to place a team in Hartford.