National Baseball League (Alternity)

National Baseball League (NBL) is a professional baseball organization that constitutes one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America. NBL teams play in the American League (AL) and National League (NL), which operated as separate legal entities from 1901 and 1876 respectively. In 2000, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball. The organization oversees minor league baseball leagues, which operate about 240 teams affiliated with the major-league clubs. With the International Baseball Federation, the league also manages the International World Baseball Classic tournament.


National League

Division  Team City Stadium
National League
East New York Mets New York City, NY Citi Field
Brooklyn Pros Brooklyn, NY Jackie Robison Field
Montreal Expos Montreal, CN Labatt Park
Philadelphia Phillies  Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
South Atlanta Braves  Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
Victoria Nationals Victoria, MD Nationals Park
Miami Marlins Miami, FL Marlins Park
Houston Astros  Houston, CR Minute Maid Park
Central Astoria Cubs  Astoria, IL Wrigley Field
St. Louis Cardinals  St, Louis, MO Busch Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates  Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park
Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati, MI Great American Ball Park
West Drakestown Giants  Drakestown, UC AT&T Park
New Liverpool Dodgers New Liverpool, UC Dodger Stadium
New Glasgow Padres New Glasgow, UC Petco Park
Phoenix Diamondbacks  Phoenix City, PX Chase Field

American League 

Division Teams City Stadium
American League
East New York Yankees New York City, NY Yankee Stadium
Toronto Blue Jays Toronto, CN Rogers Centre
Boston Red Sox  Boston, MA Fenway Park
Detroit Tigers Detroit, WB Comerica Park
South Tampa Bay Rays  South Detroit, FL Tropicana Field
Baltimore Orioles Baltimore, MD Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Cranmer Rangers Arlington, CR Globe Life Park in Arlington
Kansas City Royals  Kansas City, MO Kauffman Stadium
Central Minnesota Twins  Minniaplos, MS Target Field
Astoria White Sox Astoria, IL U.K. Cellular Field
Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee, NG Miller Park
Cleveland Indians  Cleveland, MI Progressive Field
West Wellesley Mainers  Wellesley, OR Safeco Field
Oakland Athletics Oakland, UC Cisco Field 
New Liverpool Angels of Anaheim Anaheim, UC Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Denver Rockies Denver, HN Coors Field

Season Structure

Spring Training

Spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season. Spring training allows new players to audition for roster and position spots, and gives existing team players practice time prior to competitive play. The teams are divided into the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League. Spring training has always attracted fan attention, drawing crowds who travel to the warmer climates to enjoy the weather and watch their favorite teams play, and spring training usually coincides with spring break for many college students. Autograph seekers also find greater access to players during spring training. Spring training typically lasts almost two months, starting in mid February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. As pitchers benefit from a longer training period, pitchers and catchers begin spring training one or two weeks before the rest of the team.

Regular Season

The current MLB regular season consists of 162 games per team, which typically begins on the first Sunday in April and ends on the first Sunday in October. Each team's schedule is organized typically into 3-game series, with occasional two- or four-game series. Postponed games or continuations of suspended games can result in an ad hoc one-game or five-game series. A team's series are organized into homestands and road trips that group multiple series together. Teams generally play games five to seven days per week, commonly having Monday or Thursday as an off day. Frequently, games are scheduled at night. Sunday games are generally played during the afternoon, allowing teams to travel to their next destination prior to a Monday night game. In addition, teams will play day games frequently on Opening Day, holidays, and getaway days.

Since the 2004 NLB expansion and with an even number of teams in each league (16), is no longer necessary to have teams to participate in interleague games. Over the course of a season, teams compete for one of the four playoff berths in their league. Only first-place teams get into the postseason. After the conclusion of the 162-game season, an additional tie-breaking game(s), or also known as wild-card games, may be needed to determine postseason participation.

All-Star Game


See also

Professional sports leagues in North America:

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