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Riot Tales 1: Stories of the New World Baseball League

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Posted 09-19-2009 at 05:20 PM by battists
Updated 09-19-2009 at 10:03 PM by battists

In the late 2040s, the U.S. economy went into recession again. The popularity of Major League Baseball dropped to an all-time low. In 2048, after years of diminishing interest in the sport, 37 of the 40 Major League franchises reported substantial losses. In 2049, the league took drastic action, contracting from 40 teams to 24, but this failed to reverse the trend. When the Los Angeles franchise went up for sale, they were unable to find a buyer who would agree to keep the team operational.

In December of 2051, the collective bargaining agreement between the Major League owners and the MLB players association broke down. Two months later, MLB Commissioner Jesus Chavez announced that the 2052 Major League baseball season would be played by "scab" players from outside the players' union. Fans voted with their wallets. Through May, average attendance at games league-wide was 4,500.

In January of 2059, the dissolution of Major League baseball was announced. The U.S. economy continued to sputter. In 2068, the United States elected Patrick Hain President. As the star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox, Hain was the last true superstar of Major League Baseball before the league shut down. In his last season, he batted .397 with 44 HR and 140 RBI, and the Sox won the last World Series in the history of MLB.

With the election of Hain, interest in baseball increased nationwide, and the numbers of youths playing baseball again rose dramatically. By 2075, the United States had gone close to 20 years without professional baseball, although various amateur leagues still existed throughout the country. With the economy on the rebound, in 2076 a group of investors began the process of bringing professional baseball back to the United States, with strong political help from President Hain and his younger brother Bill Hain, also a lifelong baseball player.

By 2079, most of the groundwork had been laid, and arrangements had been made for a modest 8-team league with a single level of minors, with plans for expansion back into the Mid-West within 3 years. In September of 2079, the New World Baseball League was formally introduced.

Bill Hain was elected as the commissioner of the NWBL, and at a press conference on September 23rd, 2079, he announced that the inaugural draft would take place in January of 2080, with play to commence that April. Teams would be divided into East and West divisions, with the following teams:

U.S. East Division
Boston Irish
New York Ninjas
Philadelphia Riot
Washington Warriors

U.S. West Division
Los Angeles Lancers
San Diego Tsunami
San Francisco Stallions
Seattle Steam

Each team would have a single AAA affiliate. With the formalization of the league, owners and teams scrambled to find qualified staff to fill out their organizations...
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