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A local group’s meeting with Major League Baseball about bringing an expansion franchise to Nashville, scheduled for this week, did not take place as planned.

Music City Baseball LLC managing director John Loar and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, chairman of the group’s strategic advisory board, were to meet with MLB front-office personnel at league offices in New York City.

“Respectful of MLB’s public position on expansion, the meeting with Music City Baseball has been postponed until later this summer,” Loar said in a statement. “During this time MCB will continue to lay the foundation for a possible Major League Baseball franchise in Nashville.”

Expansion not on MLB’s front burner

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred last summer named Nashville as one of six cities the league is considering for expansion, but has since clarified that the league must first settle two stadium issues with existing franchises.

“I make more news than I want to make when I talk about individual cities,” he said earlier this month when asked about his mention of Nashville. “I’ve come to the conclusion … that when I talk about individual cities, all of a sudden that produces some perception that that city somehow moved ahead in the process. There is no process.

“Let me say this about expansion: There is, right now, no timetable for expansion other than I have to get Tampa and Oakland (stadium issues) resolved before we can turn meaningfully to that topic. We are fortunate; there are a number of cities in North America that are interested in having major league baseball, and at some point when Oakland and Tampa are resolved I would like to have a process that takes a really analytical look at those cities that are interested, the effect of expansion on our existing clubs, and make a good decision on whether we ought to go from 30 (teams) to 32.”

The group that wants to bring MLB to Nashville

Loar began discussing a plan in January to bring a major league franchise to the city, including a proposal for a new ballpark and mixed-use development on property near Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Titans, or the nearby PSC Metals scrap yard on the East Bank.

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Loar has assembled an advisory group that includes Gonzales, currently the dean of Belmont’s law school, as well as Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin, former major league pitcher Dave Stewart and longtime major league manager Tony La Russa. The group also has launched a website, mlbmusiccity.com.

Reach Tommy Deas at 615-259-8328 and on Twitter @tommydeas.

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