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MLB Franchise Changes

+ Relocations, Ballpark Changes and Franchise creation
  • An attempted list of historical franchise changes for Major League Baseball teams including name changes, expansion, ballpark changes and franchise relocations.
  • Franchise names listed are based on current franchise name.
  • DateFranchise (Current Name)TypeDescription
    Pittsburgh PiratesStadiumPittsburgh Pirates move home games from Three Rivers Stadium to PNC Park.
    Pittsburgh PiratesRealignmentThe Pittsburgh Pirates switch from the NL East to the NL Central in MLB realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Pittsburgh PiratesStadiumPittsburgh Pirates move home games from Forbes Field to Three Rivers Stadium.
    Pittsburgh PiratesStadiumThe Pittsburgh Pirates move their home games from Exposition Park to Forbes Field.
    1891Pittsburgh PiratesTeam NamePittsburgh Alleghenys change their name to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    1890Pittsburgh PiratesStadiumThe Pittsburgh Alleghenys move home games to Exposition Park II
    1887Pittsburgh PiratesFranchiseThe Pittsburgh Alleghenys join the National League from the American Associaton


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