Continental Baseball Conference

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Continental Baseball Conference
CBC logo.png
The Continental Baseball Conference logo
SportBaseball
Founded1904
MottoThe Continental Game
No. of teams32
Country(ies) Levantine Union
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Roseney
Venue(s)N/A (Various throughout all member countries)

The Continental Baseball Conference (CBC) is a professional baseball league in Levantia and in Roseney, the highest level baseball league on the continent. A total of 32 teams play in the conference, divided geographically into two leagues of 16 each, with the Gothic League (GL) representing parts of the Deric States, northern Urcea, Kuhlfros, and Yonderre, and the Latinic League (LL) representing the remainder of the Deric States as well as Urcea and Burgundie. The Conference was established as a merger of five different baseball associations in 1904 in the period of peace which followed the Red Interregnum, coming to symbolize a renewed sense of union within the Holy Levantine Empire.

Despite the collapse of the Holy Levantine Empire and the ongoing violence of the Great War, the Continental Baseball Conference continued to function mostly as normal, though many players were called to serve and many teams in the Kingdom of Latium folded during this time. Since then, the CBC has been one of the most popular spectator sports in Levantia alongside horse racing.

League organization and structure

The Continental Baseball Conference is governed by the CBC-Code-1, adopted in 1981 replacing the earlier Continental Baseball Constitution and Metropolitan Rules and Regulations, the latter of which had been adopted in 1849 and heavily modified. The CBC-Code-1 provides for the administrative structure of the CBC, which provides for a single Commissioner of Baseball who serves as the chief executive officer of the CBC. The Commissioner is appointed by the owners of the teams within the CBC, who act as the Conference's board of supervisors. Under the direction of the Commissioner of Baseball, CBC hires and maintains the sport's umpiring crews, and negotiates marketing, labor, and television contracts.

In 1904, several smaller leagues throughout Levantia were confederated into the Continental Baseball Conference, with the twelve best teams of the myriad of leagues added; the rest of the teams were relegated to minor leagues. Each league has since been expanded a number of times to bring the number of teams to thirty-two overall with sixteen teams per league. Prior to 1961, each of the teams competed during the regular season to be crowned the champion of their respective league; the team with the two best records would play to determine an overall champion in the Crown Series. Two teams from Yonderre were added in 1913. Beginning in 1961, the league was formally divided into two leagues with two divisions each, adding six teams to the league, three to each league in order to bring the even number to 20. The 1961 expansion was also notable for having expanding the league to Roseney, the only location outside the Levantine Union. Additional rounds of expansion occurred in 1968, 1978, and 1998, each adding four teams to bring the league to a total of 32 teams. Following the 1998 expansion, the divisional system was modified again, adding a third division and a wild card system. The wild card would be awarded to the team in each league with the most wins that did not win a division. The wild card system was later expanded in 2013 to have two wild card teams per league; the two best teams that did not win a division would play a play-in game prior to the playoffs to determine who would hold the wild card spot.

Minor leagues

Each team in the Continental Baseball Conference has an associated ten team minor league, except for the Roseney Aces, which have a twelve team minor league. The CBC is unique among major organized sports as its development minor league teams compete only against other affiliate teams of the CBC sponsor. Consequently, there are thirty two minor league associations, referred to typically as "national" or "regional" leagues, which typically are placed in the same region as the major league CBC team. There are 322 minor league teams.

Teams

Division Team City Stadium Capacity Founded Joined
Latinic League
Western Beldra Mariners Beldra, Urcea Sea Lane Stadium 45,971 1884 1904
Killean Kings Niben, Urcea Grand Metropolitan Stadium 49,638 1901 1904
Tarrin Thunder Tarrin, Urcea Quicksilver Field 52,105 1998
Urceopolis Imperials Urceopolis, Urcea Union Avenue Grounds 64,282 1878 1904
Cálfeld Courtesans Cálfeld, Urcea Ducal Exhibition Field 45,225 1961
Central Roekdorse Highlanders Roekdorse, Urcea Mile High Stadium 40,162 1968
Ericaner Dragoons Ericaner, Lutsana Giovania Enterprise Field 45,401 1884 1904
Utina Ultras Utina, Allaria Apex Arts Arena 44,903 1998
Rufus Concordia Reds Rufus Concordia, Loreseia Polo Grounds 43,903 1968
Vorenia Marchers Albiga, Vorenia National Coliseum 51,112 1978
Southern Torantino Turns Torantino, Burgundie Roth Park 47,943 1890 1904
Cana Crusaders Cana, Urcea Exposition Grounds 57,949 1887 1904
Morezza Magpies Morezza, Burgundie Baiereal Stadium 45,957 1961
Harzenon Satraps Harzenon, Gassavelia National Nuclear Park 55,957 1961
Le Ax-Canbon Cormorants Le Ax-Canbon,Burgundie Glenness Park 47,943 1892 1904
Maloria Mergansers Maloria, Burgundie Extron Park 48,114 1978
Gothic League
Western Collinebourg Chevaliers Collinebourg, Yonderre Chevaliers' Arena 38,065 1911 1913
Carolina Morgans Durham, Urcea War Memorial Ballpark at Eastfield 45,971 1968
Gabion Giants Gabion, Yonderre SuperNOVA Stadium 41,240 1913
Northwick Knights Northwick, Anglei Admiral Tobacco Park 55,922 1961
Holchester Horsemen Holchester, Ænglasmarch Furnomax Park 41,297 1894 1904
Northern Bridhavn Gallowglaigh Bridhavn, Kuhlfros Alt-Domnall Field 53,754 1883 1904
Dursten Long-Beards Dursten, Kuhlfros Freiheim United Park 47,582 1961
Roseney Aces Aurora, Roseney Penrose Field 12,500 1961
Llyne Mormaers Llyne, Kuhlfros Kilbride Memorial Field 39,892 1998
Tornstad Wolves Tornstad, Kuhlfros Christensen Memorial Park 44,975 1968
Southern Wilder Black Bears Wilder, Kuhlfros Feuerstein Unity Stadium 47,651 1900 1904
Vandarch Unioners Mesellianum, Hollona and Diorisia Rooney-More Grounds 52,398 1978
Devense Defenders Krone-on-Devense, Kronenia WorldCo Arena 47,442 1998
Lutonium Legions Lutonium, Vineseia Cross of White Park 48,871 1903 1904
Marburg Brauers Marburg, Kuhlfros Hochbrau Stadium 58,328 1897 1904
Corcra Crowns Corcra, Corcra Innovation Solutions Field 47,871 1894 1904

History

Baseball's origins are heavily disputed, but it is generally agreed to be an outgrowth of earlier, traditional bat and ball games in Levantia, such as rounders in what would become Burgundie and stoolball in Urcea. These bat and ball games were popular in the medieval period and often played as a form of diversion and merriment during feast days, especially Easter. Despite the Recess of the Julii affecting geopolitical relations between members of the Holy Levantine Empire during the 19th century, cultural exchange became much more frequent. Additionally, the growth of cities - a consequence of the industrial revolution - brought together large groups of former peasants in cities throughout Levantia, mingling and mixing older, local traditions. According to the majority of baseball historians, out of this admixture came an ever-changing set of rules and game fundamentals through the early 1820s and 30s as industrial workers sought diversion. Two fundamental events followed this early chaotic period that established the modern game of baseball.

Proto-baseball in Urcea

In 1849, the so-called Metropolitan Rules and Regulations were adopted and agreed to by all organized baseball teams in Urceopolis, and these rules soon spread throughout the country, becoming standard nationwide by 1863. These rules were similar to the modern game but did not have (and forbade) a shortstop, mandating each infielder stay on their base, and additionally this rule set established the winning score of a baseball game as "fifteen...or at the conclusion of seven innings, that is, fourteen total appearances for either team at the bat". The ball was also smaller than the current baseball, but pitchers at the time were mandated to throw the ball where the hitter asked; to do otherwise was considered dishonorable. In 1859, these rules were amended to increase the innings to nine innings, but the score cap would remain in place until a further amendment in 1867. Unlike proto-baseball as developed in Burgundie, the Urcean game had both foul territory and foul balls were counted as strikes. Prior to the replacement of these rules, the base-on-balls was incorporated in 1882 with five balls requiring a walk.

Proto-baseball in Southern Latium

NordHalle's Dockfront Park opening weekend, April 1873
The Vilauristre Valluns in the standard uniform for Burgoignesc teams in the 1850s

Across the various principalities of the southern Kingdom of Latium a number of proto-baseball games began to formalize in the mid-19th century. The advent of the First Fratricide, 1849-1875, across the region had a standardizing affect on the game. Between set piece battles opposing sides would sometimes play against each other, but internal army games were common as a destressing technique. Regiments from all across the various parts of Southern Latium brought their rules and "division rules" developed. These rules were abandoned at the end of the war but the taste for the game became ubiquitous.

In the newly formed Burgundie, a ruleset with some similarities to the Urceopolis rules were developed in 1864. These rules incorporated the standard size of a baseball as known today, the ability of the pitcher to throw the ball at his own preferred target, and a five inning game. The regulation dimensions for the Burgoignesc game was also smaller in order to appeal to sailors, who often could not find a well-groomed field abroad of considerable size. Burgoignesc baseball was considered quicker and more excited yet less dignified. There was no foul territory and consequently foul balls were not considered strikes; any ball that did not meet forward motion was considered dead. Base-on-balls were not adopted in the Burgoignesc game until 1885, incorporating elements of the Urcean game. Burgoignesc teams were called crews and games were called "little battles" (Burg: guerrettes).

Modern baseball

By the time of the Crown-Regency in Urcea, baseball had become considerably more professionalized as nascent organized ballclubs charged admission and paid their players a share, and the popularity of the game had allowed most players to live entirely off this wage. The Red Interregnum badly interrupted baseball in Urcea, but the alliance between the Legitimists and Burgundie during the conflict exposed the differences and similarities between the Urcean and Burgoignesc pastimes. It is often claimed that the subsequent 1904 Levantine standardized baseball rulebook was actually adopted in the field by soldiers during the war, but there is no firm evidence of this. It is known that both Urcean and Burgoignesc soldiers took part in the other style of the game and began to incorporate different elements, leading to wildly different iterations of the game for those on the battlefield. With the end of the war in 1902, the Recess of the Julii came to an end, and there was a continued interest in integration of the Urcean and Burgoignesc styles of the game. There was also considerable interest of merging the various national leagues - Urcea had more than five by the dawn of the 20th century - together into one unified league, with perhaps the inclusion of other leagues from the Holy Levantine Empire. In 1903, negotiations between various team owners, league officials, and government representatives began in earnest.

Uniforms

A baseball uniform is a type of uniform worn by baseball players, and by some non-playing personnel, such as field managers and coaches. It is worn to indicate the person's role in the game and—through the use of logos, colors, and numbers—to identify the teams and their players, managers, and coaches.

Traditionally, home uniforms display the team name on the front, while away uniforms display the team's home location. In modern times, however, exceptions to this pattern have become common, with teams using their team name on both uniforms. Most teams also have one or more alternate uniforms, usually consisting of the primary or secondary team color on the vest instead of the usual white or gray. Since the early 2000s, throwback uniforms have become popular.

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