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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.
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
Professional sports leagues in North America: