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Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The goal is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot square, or diamond. Players on one team take turns hitting against the pitcher of the opposing team, which attempts to stop the hitting team from scoring runs by getting the hitting players out in various ways. Players on the hitting team can stop at any of the bases and later advance via a teammate's hit or other means. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records three outs. One turn at bat for each team constitutes an inning; nine innings make up a professional game. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.

Evolving from older bat-and-ball games, an early form of baseball was played in England in the mid-18th century. This game and the related rounders were brought by British and Irish immigrants to North America, where the modern version of baseball developed. By the late 19th century, baseball was recognized as the national sport of the United States. As of Doomsday, baseball on the professional, amateur, and youth levels was popular throughout North America, parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean, and parts of East Asia.

Post-Doomsday[]

Today, baseball is played primarily in North and Central America, the Caribbean and Japan. It is played, at a lesser level, in the ANZC and its associated states, particularly Alaska, Hawaii and Samoa. It remains the national sport of Taiwan, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Mexico[]

Mexico is where professional baseball continues on, and arguably it has the largest competitive league in the world. The Liga Mexicana de Béisbol, the big professional league of Mexico, restarted in 1987, and though is largely based upon pre-war Mexican teams, is considered the spiritual successor to the US Major League Baseball. The LMB is divided into two divisions, North and South, of 10 teams each. The best teams of each division play one another in two play-offs per series, then the series championships, leading up to the Serie del Rey, in which the championships winner play in a best-of-seven series. The league has seen some controversy outside of Mexico for attracting baseball talent from other countries, leading to accusations of LMB making the game uncompetitive outside of Mexico.

LMB Teams
Home Name Owner
Zona Norte
Aguascalientes Rieleros Tribuna de Aguascalientes
Chihuahua City Dorados Tribuna de Chihuahua
Durango City Vaqueros Tribuna de Durango
Monclova Acereros Tribuna de Monclova
Monterrey Sultanes Tribuna de los Sultanes
Monterrey Senatores Tribuna de los Senatores
Reynosa Broncos Tribuna de Reynosa
Saltillo Saraperos Tribuna de Saltillo
San Luis Potosí Tuneros Tribuna de San Luis
Tampico Astros Tribuna de Tampico
Zona Sur
Campeche Piratas Tribuna de Campeche
Jalisco Charros Tribuna de Guadalajara
León Bravos Tribuna de León
Mexico City Diablos Rojos Tribuna de los Diablos
Mexico City Tigres Tribuna de los Tigres
Puebla Pericos Tribuna de Puebla
Querétaro Guerreros Tribuna de Querétaro
Tabasco Olmecas Tribuna de Villahermosa
Veracruz El Águila Tribuna de Veracruz
Yucatán Leones Tribuna de Mérida

However, while the LMB is the most popular regular season league, the off-season features perhaps the more locally loved Mexican Pacific League. This winter league is contested between 8 teams on the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the states of Baja California, Sonora and Sinaloa. Despite being arguably a regional league, it is considered to be a true media rival of the LMB in those states, and its best teams participate in the Caribbean Series, alongside teams from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Despite LMB attempts to integrate the Mexican Pacific League, it still continues to be independent, and has a strong tradition of baseball in these northwestern states, where the popularity of baseball arguably surpasses even that of association football.

Pacific League Teams
Home Name Owner
Mexican Pacific League
Culiacán Tomateros Tribuna de Culiacán
Guasave Algodoneros Tribuna de Guasave
Hermosillo Naranjeros Tribuna de Hermosillo
Los Mochis Cañeros Tribuna de Los Mochis
Mazatlán Venados Tribuna de Mazatlán
Mexicali Águilas Tribuna de Mexicali
Navojoa Mayos Tribuna de Navojoa
Obregón City Yaquis Tribuna de Obregón

Cuba[]

Cuba's domestic league, which is government sponsored and features exclusively Cuban players, is considered the near-equal to the Mexican league in terms of talent and competition. A similar, government-sponsored league exists in Nicaragua (which does allow selected players to play in Mexico). Minor leagues exist in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and portions of the East Caribbean Federation.

North America[]

In North America, several professional leagues exist. The oldest is in Superior, the level of play being comparable to the Caribbean minor leagues. The Municipal States league was originally intended to be amateur, but as the players are paid stipends, technically qualifies as a professional league.

The leagues break down as thus:

Major League

The United States Baseball League: As of the 2020's, the USBL (founded by Commissioner Joe Torre) has become the most pre-eminent baseball league on the continent.

USBL
Home Name Ballpark
United States Baseball League
Torrington Tornadoes Captial Stadium
Newport Oregon Mariners Diego Segui Field
Fort Collins Colorado Rockies City Park
Coeur d'Alene Lincoln Railsplitters Railsplitters Park
Fargo Dakota Twins Newman Outdoor Field
Doge City Kansas Royals Buck O'Neil Stadium
Billings Montana Mountaineers Mountaineers Park
Dubouis Idaho Cowboys Cowboys Corral


MSP League

  • Coos Bay
  • Port Orford
  • Grants Pass
  • Gold Beach
  • Medford
  • Yreka
  • Redding
  • Crescent City

North American League

  • Torrington
  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Billing
  • Butte
  • Red Deer
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Fort Collins

Superior League

  • Madison
  • Thunder Bay
  • Marquette
  • Stowe
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Iron Mountain
  • Mackinaw
  • Green Bay
  • Houghton
  • Sudbury
  • Traverse City
  • Boyne City

Texas League

  • Odessa
  • Monahans
  • Nacodgoches
  • Big Spring
  • Edinburg
  • Midland
  • Tyler
  • Fort Stockton

Virginian League

  • Woodstock
  • Fairmont
  • Charleston
  • Lynchburg
  • Roanoke
  • Danville
  • Beckley
  • Lexington

Amateur leagues in Vermont, West Texas and Victoria.


Japan[]

The sport is played in Japan with the same rules as in the rest of the world, albeit with changes in terminology to reflect Japanese culture (and detract from some of the perceived American influence over the sport).

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Teams
Home Name Owner
Central League
Kyoto Kyoto Giants
(京都巨人軍ジャイアンツ)
Nintendo
Kobe Kobe Swallows
(神戸スワローズ)
Kobe Shimbun
Nishinomiya Hanshin Tigers
(阪神タイガース)
Hanshin Electric Railway
Hiroshima Matsuda Carps
(松田カープ)
Matsuda family
Mazda
Nagoya Chunichi Dragons
(中日ドラゴンズ)
Chunichi Shimbun
Pacific League
Kitahiroshima Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
(北海道日本ハムファイターズ)
Nippon Ham
Osaka Sega Osaka Buffaloes
(セガ大阪バファローズ)
Sega
Sendai Tohoku Eagles
(東北イーグルス)
Sendai Television
Saitama Saitama Seibu Lions
(埼玉西武ライオンズ)
Seibu Railway
Kagoshima Kagoshima Whales
(鹿児島ホエールズ)
Kagoshima Television
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