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tcberry
02-07-2009, 08:42 PM
So, basically, this map depicts spheres of influence of Major League Baseball teams (re: CommonCensus - http://commoncensus.org/sports_map.php?sport=2) in the style of an old medieval map that is still using Latin because we're all learnèd and what not; let's call it circa 1654. The map features medieval reïnterpretations of each franchise's logo, even though some of them aren't exactly perfect - teams from each division share a common shield style as well.

tcberry
02-07-2009, 09:47 PM
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Steel General
02-07-2009, 10:15 PM
Interesting...and great to see more entries.

ravells
02-08-2009, 02:24 AM
I'm liking it too! The overlay of colours gives the impression of stronger or weaker spheres of influence. I really like the effect and have never seen it before. Have some rep for originality!

Hoel
02-08-2009, 06:24 AM
Very interesting idea!

tcberry
02-08-2009, 01:36 PM
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Steel General
02-08-2009, 02:58 PM
Hmmm...I'm torn: Do I route for my new home in "Red's Territory" or where I grew up that's under the influence of the hated "Yankees". :D

This is coming out really cool!

Ascension
02-08-2009, 03:02 PM
Lovin the Cardinals crest, can't say much about the Cubs or Astros ones ;)

tcberry
02-08-2009, 04:10 PM
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Steel General
02-08-2009, 04:55 PM
Hmmm...after closer examination it looks like I'm in a contested zone between Albvs & Ruber.

tcberry
02-08-2009, 05:32 PM
Well, Ursulus and Ruber... Albus is just that black area South of Chicago. The White Sox really don't have that much spread.

Hoel
02-09-2009, 12:28 PM
Ehhmm. Since I'm from a proper barbaric nation; Am I mistaken if i think this map is based on baseball teams? Or is it american "football"?

Strickland5
02-09-2009, 12:33 PM
I'm in the heart of Pravus country myself.

NeonKnight
02-09-2009, 12:40 PM
Quite an interesting map there!

Steel General
02-09-2009, 02:48 PM
Ehhmm. Since I'm from a proper barbaric nation; Am I mistaken if i think this map is based on baseball teams? Or is it american "football"?

That would be Baseball

tcberry
02-10-2009, 01:19 AM
(Woo baseball!)

tcberry
02-10-2009, 02:44 PM
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tcberry
02-10-2009, 04:48 PM
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Bohunk
02-10-2009, 10:57 PM
There should be a salary cap so that my Pirates would have a bigger area...

tcberry
02-12-2009, 05:23 PM
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The question is, though: is the map too busy now with all the labels for cities/rivers? Is there anything I'm missing? Should I include the ruined city of Mons Regalis, capital of the former Expositus Kingdom?

Steel General
02-12-2009, 06:02 PM
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The question is, though: is the map too busy now with all the labels for cities/rivers? Is there anything I'm missing? Should I include the ruined city of Mons Regalis, capital of the former Expositus Kingdom?

I don't think so at all... I'd say go ahead and include Mons Regalis.

Ascension
02-12-2009, 10:02 PM
The only thing that I would suggest is that the map reflect more accurate fanbases...until the 1950s when the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to L.A. St. Louis was the furthest team west and as such pretty much dominated everything in the midwest, west, and south. It's pretty hard to depict fanbases visually so maybe do the map according to how just one team thinks it looks like (how Boston perceives Red Sox nation looks like despite true facts). Or you could use the sphere of influence to reflect power as in World Series titles, where the Yankees would have a huge area followed by the Cards, etc. I'd also say that it isn't cluttered so maybe add in minor league affiliates with smaller shields, color banner, or some sort of army icon...I dunno. In the meantime, pitchers and catchers report tomorrow so I'm excited :)

Steel General
02-13-2009, 06:23 AM
In the meantime, pitchers and catchers report tomorrow so I'm excited :)
<slight threadjack>

Ugh! Baseball :( - I just can't get into it, to slow, and to many overpayed, whining babies scratching their crotches.

I know lots of people love the game and that's great for them, but I'll stick with hockey and (american) football.

</slight threadjack>

tcberry
02-13-2009, 04:03 PM
@Ascension - My map is largely based off the CommonCensus MLB map found here: http://commoncensus.org/sports_map.php?sport=2 . So, that's the mapping system that I've basically committed to. And with the Angels signing Abreu, I am incredibly excited for this year. :)

@SG - I'm a big baseball fan (obviously), I suppose my appreciation for the game mainly comes from growing up watching it with my dad and going to lots of games growing up. To each his own.

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Mainly just added the former territory of the Expos. I played with different ways of degrading the Expos coat of arms, but transparency was really the only one that worked out.

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I'm playing with different ways of showing minor league teams, but none of them really seem to be working out. I'll keep plugging away, though.

Steel General
02-13-2009, 05:20 PM
Having lived there for a good portion of my life I know the minor league team in Buffalo, NY (AAA IIRC) is/was very popular. There were years that they outdrew some of the MLB teams in attendance.

Hoel
02-13-2009, 09:51 PM
I'll just have to do a map of the football staes of europe...
THe thought of a world series with 3 (?) countries participating is nothing bit pathcetic.
Sorry
/barbarian Hoel

Ascension
02-13-2009, 10:15 PM
Hope you don't include the subdivisions...England has like what 6 or 7 divisions below premiership (northern isthmian league? really? do they count every beer league as a valid league? :) )

tcberry
02-13-2009, 10:17 PM
Well, it's just the two nations represented in the World Series, but players from many nations make up the US Major Leagues, and when the World Series originated in 1903, the United States was where baseball was played at it's unquestionably highest level.

The World Baseball Classic, which will be played this March, tries to make up for this discrepancy, though; the World Series' name is just a matter of tradition.

Hoel
02-14-2009, 09:10 AM
oh, you colonials with your quaint notions :)
Sometimes drunk ideas are good.. I didn't even remember writing this.
Ascension: Sub divisions might be in there as counties or something. I have to mull the idea over first.

tcberry
02-15-2009, 06:43 PM
Added AAA teams.

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Steel General
02-15-2009, 07:51 PM
I think the addition of the minor league teams came out nicely. Easy to identify who they are affiliated with - and they don't take away from the MLB teams.

tcberry
02-15-2009, 10:28 PM
@SG - Thanks. I'm mostly happy with how it turned out. I think AAA is as far as I'll go with this; the map would get complicated real quick if I were to attempt to map all of baseball. Just got to get around to putting the city names for the minor league teams and we should be good to go.

joão paulo
02-16-2009, 06:57 AM
I'll just have to do a map of the football staes of europe...
THe thought of a world series with 3 (?) countries participating is nothing bit pathcetic.
Sorry
/barbarian Hoel

This page (http://billsportsmaps.com/?cat=22) has a lot of references for you :compass:

Ascension
02-16-2009, 05:42 PM
Great find joao.

tcberry
02-21-2009, 03:48 PM
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(and possibly final.)

ravells
02-21-2009, 03:52 PM
Absolutely superb!!! Great work, TC!

tcberry
02-21-2009, 05:25 PM
Thanks ravs! I'm pretty happy with how this has turned out, and I really don't see anything more I can do with it right now (but that might change in the next three days).

I'd have liked to have been able to have shown lower level leagues without it looking cluttered, but that didn't really work out - I played with a couple different options here, but the only one that wound up working was just placing the cities and not showing affiliations.

tcberry
02-22-2009, 02:19 PM
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Well, I added all AA & A teams. I didn't even dare show team affiliations here. And, well, I didn't feel like adding Rookie level teams, (as some of them aren't even on this map).