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Caleonian Professional Baseball: Caleon's Most Popular Team Sport

Caleonian Professional Baseball
Caleonian Professional Baseball
Current season, competition, or edition:

2035 Caleonian Professional Baseball Season

Link

Formerly: Bundesliga-Baseball

Sport: LinkBaseball

Founded: February 27, 1954; 81 years ago
(as Bundesliga-Baseball)

February 27, 1984; 51 years ago
(as Deutsch Profi-Baseball)

CEO: Farhan Kapler

Commissioner: Gabe Zaidi

Defunct: August 27, 1971
(as Bundesliga-Baseball)

No. of Teams: 20

Countries: Caleonia (10 teams)
England (1 team)
Poland (1 team)
Spain (1 team)
Czechoslovakia (1 team)
Italy (1 team)
Hungary (1 team)
Netherlands (1 team)
France (1 team)
Belgium (1 team)
Denmark (1 team)

Most Recent Venice Royals (7th title)
Champion(s):

Most Titles: London Meteorites (13 titles)

Qualification: LinkWBSC Europe

Official Website: cpb.co.cn

Caleonian Professional Baseball (Caleonian: Grünkohlland Profi-Baseball) or CPB is the highest level of Linkbaseball in Caleon, and is the highest level of Linkmixed-gender baseball in the world. Locally, it is often referred as CPB or Profi-baseball (literally "Professional Baseball"). Outside of Caleon, it is often referred as "Caleon baseball". The roots of the league can be traced back to the Link1936 Olympics held in LinkBerlin, where the first baseball game in Germany was held. After LinkWorld War II, baseball was popularized by American soldiers who were stationed in Germany, and influenced the people to create their own league with similar rules to LinkMajor League Baseball, being one of the few things uniting the LinkWest and LinkEast at the time.

The league that is today's CPB for Caleon was formed when the sports organization reorganized in 1984, which had been dormant for 13 years after a multitude of attempts to get players across the LinkBerlin Wall, which was constructed in 1961. This resulted in the new DPB (D = Deutschland) creating an eight-team league split into two divisions, with an annual season-ending Caleon National Championship play-off series of games starting that year for the CPB along the lines of the American World Series tournament (held since 1903). After West and East Germany merged to become Caleon, the league was rebranded to Caleonian Professional Baseball, and subsequently obtained massive growth within the new lands that were in Caleon.

There are two leagues within CPB, the Central League and Atlantic League. The Central League comprises of all 10 Caleonian teams, while the Atlantic League is comprised of all the teams not located within the Federal Republic of Caleon, although there are three Atlantic League teams located within the Greater Federal Republic of Caleon, all of which are in fully independent countries under Caleon’s Central European Union of Democratic Republics. The ZL and KL were formed in 1984 and 1995, respectively. Since 1995, the two leagues have cooperated but are legally separate entities both led by the Commissioner of Baseball, Gabe Zaidi. CPB is headquartered in Southern Cooper.

Caleon Professional Baseball also oversees Caleon Amateur Baseball, which comprises lower-tier teams affiliated with the major league clubs. CPB and the World Baseball Softball Confederation of Europe jointly manage the international European Baseball Classic tournament.

League Structure

Caleonian Professional Baseball consists of two leagues, the Central League and the Atlantic League, which each have 10 teams. Each league is split into two divisions; East and West, each having 5 teams. There are also two minor leagues called the Ostseeliga (Baltic League) and the Adrialiga (Adriatic League), that play shorter schedules for developing players. All 20 teams have a minor league affiliate in both the Ostseeliga and the Adrialiga. These minor leagues are named after the seas where a majority of the teams are located.

The season starts on the first Tuesday of April and ends on the fourth Tuesday of October, with 1 All-Star Game on the third Thursday of July and a break in that week. Each team plays 162 games, 81 at home and 81 on the road. In general, CPB teams play five games per week, with every Sunday and Monday off. In 2035, this means the season will start on April 5th, and end on October 25th.

Following the conclusion of the regular season, the top two teams in each division go on to play in the Chaos Series play-off tournament along the lines of the American World Series. The winner of each division in their respective leagues face off in a best-of-five series, and the 2nd places of each division play each other in best-of-five series. The winners of those series then face each other in a best-of-seven League Championship Series, and finally, the winners of each League Championship Series face off in a best-of-seven series called the Caleon International Championship.

The CPB uses a strict rotation schedule and roster limits to balance the playing field for teams and maximize rest for players. CPB teams can have a maximum of 10 pitchers on a roster, with 5 starters and a 5 pitcher bullpen, with the starters expected to play 7 innings per game and hand it off to a bullpen reliever in the 8th unless the starter has allowed either 0 Earned Runs or less than 3 Hits in 7 innings, which he/she is allowed to pitch in the 8th and 9th inning if they want to. All other field positions have a maximum of 3 players each, with 2 on a rotational starting system and the third as an immediate backup in the case one of the players gets injured in a series or as designated pinch hitters/runners. Each team can only have 2 designated hitters at a time on the active roster, rotating daily.

Comparisons with Major League Baseball

The CPB rules are essentially those of the American Major League Baseball (MLB), but technical elements are slightly different: The Caleon league uses a slightly smaller baseball and strike zone, but has the same Linkfield dimension rules as the MLB. The Caleonian baseball is wound more tightly than an American baseball. The strike zone is narrower "inside" than away from the batter. In the CPB, batters are also allowed to steal first base on the case of a wild pitch or if a runner is already stealing a base, 3 foul balls results in an out, 3 balls results in a walk, the bases are slightly larger, and Linkrobot plate umpires are present at every game.

In terms of player rosters, there are 9 players on an offensive rotation and 9 players on the defensive field. All teams in the CPB have LinkDesignated Hitters.

League

Ball mass

Ball circumference

Coefficient of restitution

Base Size

Ball-Strike-Foul Limit

CPB

≈145.3g

≈23cm

Constant

45 x 45 x 12.7cm

3-3-3

MLB

≈148.8g

≈23.5cm

Decreases

38 x 38 x 10.2cm

4-3-∞

American Major League Baseball (MLB) players, scouts, and sabermetricians describe play in the CPB as on par with that of Major League Baseball play, if not barely less competitive. Play in the CPB is similar to that in American League baseball, with the use of designated hitters, but the designated hitters do not replace pitchers in a hitting rotation. When needed, Designated Hitters also double as outfielders.

Unlike North American baseball, Caleonian baseball games may end in a tie. If the score is tied after nine innings of play, up to third additional innings will be played; this does not include the playoffs. If there is no winner after 12 innings, the game is declared a tie; these games count as neither a win nor a loss to team standings or to postseason series.

Similar to the current structure of the LinkWorld Series, a team must win three games to clinch their respective divisional series, four to clinch their respective league series, and four to clinch the Euro Series.

Financial Issues



Financial issues plague a large majority of teams in the league. It is believed that with the exception of the Vienna Bulls, all teams are operating with substantial subsidiaries of up to ₣1.2 million (around $73 million USD) from their operating companies. However, all teams have a major corporate sponsor on their team name. As a result of this, the biggest rivalry in Caleonian sports has arisen between the Jets and Capitals, once being cross-capital rivals sponsored by rival car companies Mercedes-Benz and BMW until SoftBank purchased the Jets from Mercedes-Benz in 2007. A raise in the salaries of players is often blamed, but, from the start of the professional league, parent companies paid the difference as an advertisement. Most teams have never tried to improve their finances through constructive marketing, although some, namely the PKN Orlen Warsaw Eagles, have tried and failed in this endeavor. In addition, teams in the Central League historically have witnessed much higher profits than the Atlantic League, having popular teams such as the aforementioned Jets, Capitals, and Bulls.

The amount of metropolitan areas represented in CPD increased rapidly from 8 to 12 by 1999, as after the unification of Germany into Caleon allowed teams to relocate to more metropolitan areas in Europe, particularly in Warsaw, Vienna, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. Despite this, these teams still have trouble garnering fans consistently in spite of consistent success in the league.

One thing the league has going for it is the players’ staying power. Unlike other national leagues like the LinkNPB, the CPB has very little trouble inviting and keeping players in their league. Recently, this has caused a spike in viewership and attendance rates in struggling cities, with newfound success in the Baltic areas in the 2010s leading to increased support for teams like the Cēsu Alus Riga Brewers, who won their first championship in 2011 and doubled down in 2012 after struggling to find a footing since their creation in 1997.

History


Origins

Caleon Professional Baseball draws its roots back to Bundesliga Baseball and the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The 1936 Olympics marked the first time baseball was played in Germany, and after the war, American soldiers stationed in Germany informed the poor population about baseball, and part of the LinkBerlin Airlift provided supplies to play the new sport. Germans quickly picked up the game and were known for putting up a good match against American teams comprised of stationed soldiers. This led to the founding of the Federal Baseball League, better known as Bundesliga-Baseball, in 1954.

Establishment & Bundesliga-Baseball

Bundesliga-Baseball was founded on February 27, 1954, with the first season being planned to begin that very same year. However, due to unknown financial issues, the league pushed its inaugural season back to 1955. Originally, there were only four teams; the Berlin Sluggers (now the Cooper Jets), the Bonn Bashers (now the Hamburg Sharks), the Vienna Baseball Club (dissolved in 1971, revived in 1984, dissolved again in 1993, and became the Red Bull Baseball Club of Vienna in 1995), and the Munich Monarchs (now the Allianz Munich Monarchs). These four teams played each other on repeat until 1960, where, in 1961, the Berlin Wall was constructed, dividing the fledgling league in two.

In protest, the league created 8 new teams, most notably the Allianz Baseball Club and the Aachen Slicers, the former being the only one of these new teams to survive the bankruptcy of BB in 1971 and the latter being notable for being revived in 1984 as the Aachen Slicers, later becoming the Bonn Bears. However, despite this, this plan failed spectacularly and the league was unable to play championship games for all of the 1960s.

Dissolution of 1971

The Dissolution of 1971 was onset by a variety of factors, including, but not limited to the financial troubles presented by the Berlin Wall, an expiring deal between the BB and Deutsch Baseball Players Union which was going to lead to a player strike, a lack of a championship being played for the past 9 seasons, and an overall declining interest in baseball by the German people.

The original Union deal struck between the DBPU and Baseball-Bundesliga in 1956 was set to expire at the end of the 1971 season, but players left and right were leaving for other leagues due to a lack of action between the two sides, and by the time the season reached its halfway point, over 30% of the league’s players had walked in out in protest. However, the league pushed forward, trying to finish the season. Despite the efforts, BB and the DBPU could not reach an agreement which led to the dissolution of both Baseball Bundesliga and the Deutsch Baseball Players Union on August 27th, 1971.

Eight out of the original 12 teams playing in Baseball Bundesliga declared bankruptcy as a result, only leaving the Berlin Sluggers, Bonn Bashers, Allianz Baseball Club, and Munich Monarchs. Berlin and Bonn were able to survive by playing as traveling baseball teams across their sides of Europe, with the Bashers eventually rebranding to the Hammerheads in 1979. Allianz subsidized their club and let its players join Bundesliga Soccer under their already existing contracts, while Munich continued to struggle to survive, eventually folding and merging with Allianz in 1989, forming the Allianz-Munich Monarchs.

1980s Revival

On December 19th, 1981, the four former BB team owners convened in Berlin to discuss the possibility of reviving the league under a new moniker. This discussion lasted a whole week, with a day off on Christmas Day, with the agreement to be made that the league shall be reborn by the end of 1983. With this goal in mind, they enticed a variety of business owners to sponsor or create their own upstart teams, resulting in 8 team owners and 3 CEOs of other companies (LinkMercedes-Benz, LinkDeutsche Bahn, and LinkBayer) being present when the group reconvened in September of 1983.

These 8 teams laid out the groundwork for the Deutsch Profi-Baseball League, separating the teams in two divisions, North and South. In 1995, the North and South merged to form the Central League (Zentralliga), with the divisions being kept for playoff purposes. Four BB teams laid the initial groundwork: the Mercedes-Benz Berlin Sluggers, Deutsche Bahn Bonn Locomotives, Allianz Baseball Club, and the Bayer Munich Monarchs. To fill out the league, four new teams were created: the revived Michelin Vienna Bulls (the sponsorship would drop in 1989), Berlin Capitals, sponsored by LinkBMW, Copenhagen Sharks, sponsored by LinkCoca-Cola (Coca-Cola would move their sponsorship to found the Coca-Cola Stuttgart Guardians in 1994), and the revived Aachen Cougars, sponsored by LinkDHL.

Allianz CEO Wolfgang Schieren acted as the first DPBL commissioner and oversaw the creation of the Deutsch Series, which featured the Bonn Hammerheads defeat the Copenhagen Sharks four games to none.

1990s and Caleon Transitions

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2000s and the "Air Raiders"

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2010s and Strike of 2017

The 2010s were a chaotic time for the CPB. The London Meteorites Euro Series streak was still going strong, and [REWRITING BECAUSE I ACTUALLY HAVE LORE THANKS TO OUT OF THE PARK BASEBALL]

2020s and "Wild Wasteland"

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Recent history

In the 2030s, things have stabilized more. From 2031 to 2034, the Venice Royals have won the Atlantic League each year, losing in 2031 and 2032, but winning the next two years. For the first time since 2003, and second time since the playoffs were implemented in 1995, a team not from either London, Amsterdam, or Venice represented the Atlantic League in the Euro Series, the Prague Astros, who fell in 6 games to the Köln Legion.

The 2030 season sneakily added a livelier baseball into the playing field, which increased home runs league-wide. Three term CPB commissioner Logan Higgins was forced to resign over the scandal when this was found out, yet the ball continues to be used to this day. This resulted in the slang term “Logan’s Loophole” being coined when referring to the ball in question.

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In the following CPB x Caleonian Baseball Players Union meetings, it was announced that interleague play would be disbanded as scheduling program changes prevented interleague play, and that a reassessment of the league revenue revealed that Küstenliga and Zentralliga teams earned about equal revenue shares in the past 5 seasons. The season length also will be extended to 162 games, with each team playing 18 games against each against their conference rivals. This contract will last until 2045.

However, 2 weeks before Opening Day, the CPB and CBPU agreed to create a new schedule allowing for interleague play to continue. This schedule results in 15 matches against divisional opponents, 10 matches against conference opponents, and 5 matches against cross league opponents, chopping the amount of games from 162 to 160 in the process. Playoff seeding was modified in the process.

Playoffs

For the Atlantic League's inaugural season, a four-team playoff system was introduced, dubbed the "Atlantic League Championship Series." The teams with the second best records face each other in a five game series, then face the winner of the five game series between the top finishers in each division. The winner becomes the representative of the Coastal League to the Caleon National Championship Series.

An identical system was introduced to the Central League at the exact same time, and the post-season intra-league games were renamed the "Chaos Series" in both leagues. Player statistics and drafting order based on team records are not affected by these postseason games.

Prior to the 2035 Union negotiations, the playoffs worked like this:
The top 2 teams from each division entered the playoffs regardless of record in comparison to other teams in the other division. The top seeds played each other in a best of 5 series and the bottom series also played each other in a 5 game series, on a 1-1-2-2-1 home-away playoff location based on seed. The winners of each series would then face each other in a 7 game series, on a H-H-L-L-L-H-H schedule (H = higher seed is home team, L is lower seed). This process is repeated for the Caleon Series.

After the 2035 Union negotiations, the playoffs had received some changes:
The division winners are guaranteed a position in the playoffs and will now face the Wild Card teams instead of each other. The wild card teams are now the best 2 non-division champion teams, regardless of division placement. The series lengths are identical, it’s just that the seeding placement has been altered as teams were complaining that division winners didn’t have a fair advantage that compensated for their regular season success. The #1 seed faces the #4 seed, and the #2 seed faces the #3 seed. Everything else remains unchanged.

Expatriate and female baseball players in Caleon


For most of its history, CPB did not enforce a limit on how many foreign players could be signed to CPB teams. This is because, originally, during the Cold War era, German teams often didn’t have enough native players to fill a full roster. This still applies to this day, although they did try imposing such a concept when the league reorganized in 1984, trying to push Soviet aggression out of the league. This spectacularly backfired when the Vienna Bulls were unable to play in spring training due to not having enough Austrian players, and often resulted in teams going 153-6 or 6-153 depending on the team. This policy was reversed in 2002 in an effort to restore the balance to the league.

Also as a result of this lack of national players, the CPB, from its very inception, has been a mixed-gender sport, and all teams are required to provide maternity leave for its female players. CPB does not divide its stat categories for players across gender, and all Caleonian college baseball teams are intramural. There have been 11 female MVPs in the history of CPB, with the first happening in 1995 and the latest happening in 2031. REWRITE BECAUSE I ACTUALLY HAVE LORE

Teams



Team

City

Stadium

League/Division

Founded

Cooper Jets

Pankow-Fukuoka-Cooper (North Berlin)

SoftBank Pankow Stadium

Central League East

March 1951

Vienna Bulls

Vienna, Austria

Principal Financial Field

Central League East

February 1994

Cooper Capitals

Mitte-Cooper (Central Berlin)

Allianz Field

Central League East

January 1984

Munich Monarchs

Munich

Allianz Park

Central League East

November 1989

Potsdam Suns

Potsdam

Surf Park

Central League East

October 2034

Köln Legion

Cologne

Mercedes-Benz Dome

Central League West

January 1984

Bonn Bears

Bonn

Google Grounds

Central League West

September 1954

Hamburg Sharks

Hamburg

Sunoco Field @ The Gateway

Central League West

March 1994

Frankfurt Skyline

Frankfurt

Avalon Park

Central League West

March 1994

Stuttgart Hot Rods

Stuttgart

Sony Field

Central League West

October 2034

Warsaw Eagles

Warsaw, Poland

Kirkland Stadium

Atlantic League East

January 1991

Prague Astros

Prague, Czechoslovakia

Alpiq Energy Park

Atlantic League East

March 1997

Copenhagen Islanders

Copenhagen, Denmark

Target Park

Atlantic League East

January 2000

Venice Royals

Venice, Italy

Ferrari Stadium

Atlantic League East

March 1994

Budapest Heroes

Budapest, Hungary

Ocean Avenue Grounds

Atlantic League East

October 2034

Amsterdam Pirates

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Burger King Ballpark

Atlantic League West

January 1991

Paris Blue Jays

Paris, France

Toshiba Stadium

Atlantic League West

May 2017

Brussels Athletics

Brussels, Belgium

Chevrolet Park

Atlantic League West

January 2001

Sevilla Saints

Sevilla, Spain

FedEx Stadium

Atlantic League West

April 2017

London Meteorites

London, England

CBi Park

Atlantic League West

March 1994

Champions & Awards



Main Article: All CPB Champions by year

Records


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International play


International play has been keenly eyed in Caleonian baseball. Since the creation of the Atlantic League in 1995, foreign teams have played in the CPB, opening up the potential to play intercontinental games ever since. The Amsterdam Lions/Pirates are a prime example of this, being one of the most successful Coastal League baseball teams since the AL’s inception. The Pirates are also unique in that Philips has openly claimed that they spend very little money on subsidizing the team due to consistent success and support from the fan base.

Intercontinental play has never been obtained in the regular season in the CPB; however, in 1999, the CPB attempted to host the All-Star Game for that year at Stockholm Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden. They succeeded in making that a reality; however, Swedish fans did not show up as a result of a poor marketing strategy and it was one of the least attended All-Star Games in league history. Ever persistent, the league tried again in 2004, this time with more success, with seats selling out for the game within a day of opening.

This success persuaded the CPB to try playing games in Asia and North America; in November of 2009, the CPB successfully reached a bargaining deal with the New York Yankees and New York Mets, allowing for the Euro Series to be held at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field once every 3 years, starting in 2010, with Yankee Stadium being the designated home stadium of the Central League representative and Citi Field being the designated home stadium of the Atlantic League representative. This deal has proved fruitful, as the three have continued this tradition up to this day, dropping the plans to play in Asia altogether.

See also


References


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