Mysterious baseball mapPosted: August 8, 2015
I came across this map, but to be honest, I have no idea who created it nor who posted it. I’m trying to figure out what the creator intended in making this map, because while it seems to divide the states up by their likely regional loyalties, many states have Minor League team logos showing when it does not house a Major League team.
The thing that stands most prominent, in my opinion, is that several states have no team logos on them at all. Rather, they remain pictured white and empty, as if the residents of that state had never been exposed to the concept of baseball. Never mind that Kansas plays host to the Wichita Wingnuts and the Kansas City T-Bones, or that Delaware is home to the Wilmington Blue Rocks. South Dakota has the Sioux Falls Canaries. I could go on, but if I were to attempt an exhaustive list, I would inevitably miss a team or two, so I will stop here and hope that makes the point that these supposedly empty states seem to have been unfairly treated on this map.
It’s possible that this map was merely some fan’s side project and that I am being unjustly critical. Still, the fact that there is a noticeable blank space right in the middle of the country does make that area appear devoid, neglected, or ignorant. It also appears that all of Canada has been designated to the Blue Jays, not just Ontario. It ignores all the Minor League teams that various parts of the country feature.