The man who brought the NBA's Orlando Magic to Central Florida more than 30-years ago is now making a pitch to bring Major League Baseball to the "City Beautiful."
Pat Williams says Orlando has grown to become the largest media market in the country without a Major League team and it's time to take action. He unveiled his plans for the Orlando Dreamers. Williams says the MLB has already expressed an interest in adding two expansion teams, but Orlando was left off their initial list. Other cities that were on the list include Charlotte, Nashville, and Las Vegas.
The two existing MLB teams in Florida, the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays, have struggled to fill their stadiums and have some of the worst attendance figures in the league. Williams says Orlando would welcome an expansion team or if the Rays decide to move inland when their lease is up in eight years.
Williams says it's too early to talk about ownership or a stadium location. For now, he just wants people to go to the Orlando Dreamers website and express their support for a team or their intention to buy season tickets.
Ideally, Williams says, the Orlando Dreamers could be throwing out the first pitch at a new Central Florida ballpark in 2027.