A baseball game at Oakland's Coliseum
'Adios Oakland, hola Las Vegas.' The MLB team owners approved the move of the Athletics to Sin City. Unsplash.com/Matt Dodd

Major League Baseball team owners approved the Oakland Athletics' requested move to Las Vegas in a unanimous vote.

According to media reports, Las Vegas will now be home to two professional sports powerhouses that have abandoned California in recent years: the A's and the Raiders.

The Athletics are expected to play in a new venue on the Las Vegas Strip. The stadium is projected to cost some $1.9 billion, with $380 million committed by Nevadas's state government.

The A's have been part of the MBL's history with nine World Series won since 1901 when the team played in Philadelphia. In the 'City of Fraternal Love', the A's won five world series before moving to Kansas City. In 1968 the team relocated to Oakland, where it won four MLB pendants.

The team has had a good share of Latin players in the past decades.

According to La Vida Baseball, this are the top 10 Latin A's:

Bert Campaneris (Cuba)
Reggie Martínez Jackson (Puerto Rico/US)
Éric Chávez (Mexico/US)
José Canseco (Cuba)
Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic)
Jesse Flores (Mexico)
Coco Crisp (Puerto Rico/US)
Diego Seguí (Cuba)
Ramón Hernández (Venezuela)
Bartolo Colón (Dominican Republic).

For the 2023 season, these are the Latin players in the A's roster:

Adrián Martínez (Mexico)
Royber Salinas (Venezuela)
Luis Medina( Dominican Republic)
Francisco Pérez (Dominican Republic)
Dany Jiménez (Dominican Republic)
Ángel Felipe (Dominican Republic)
Aldemys Díaz (Cuba)
Darell Hernáiz (Puerto Rico)
Lázaro Armenteros (Cuba)
Jordán Díaz (Colombia)
Esteury Ruiz (Dominican Republic)

Sports Mecca

With the Athletics on its roster, Las Vegas now has a presence in the U.S. top pro sports leagues: MLB, NFL, and NHL.

Sin City is also home to a WNBA team: Las Vegas Aces, and a second-flight soccer team, the USL's Las Vegas Lights.

Las Vegas is already home to the Las Vegas Aviators (formerly the Las Vegas 51s), a minor leagues team in the MLB's Triple A West division affiliated with the Oakland Athletics.

The city has invested billions in its sports infrastructure and it's considered the world's capital of boxing and mixed martial arts as the UFC headquarters is based here.

In terms of global sports, Las Vegas is hosting its first Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday (Nov 19).

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