Sports history is littered with failed attempts to compete with established professional leagues. The Federal League, which shut down in 1915, was the last such attempt in baseball, and in other sports, American football’s USFL and XFL were high profile failures. However, Out of the Park Baseball doesn’t have to contend with the economic realities of the real world, and thus players can create their own fanciful alternate realities, like Union League Baseball (ULB).
The premise of the ULB is that the 1995 baseball strike presented an opportunity for Fay Vincent, Michael Bloomberg, Vince McMahon of the WWE, Bill Gates, Nike CEO Phil Knight, and others to start a rival league. Fay Vincent is the ULB’s commissioner, and Richard McNeal plays that role, complete with an email signature that says “From the Desk of ULB Commissioner Fay Vincent.”