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Many rival sports leagues have come and gone over the years, but few have survived. In baseball, the American League was originally an upstart competitor to the National League, and the short-lived Federal League existed from 1914 to 1915, but in all likelihood, we’ll never see a serious competitor to Major League Baseball.
Unless you count the fictional worlds made possible by Out of the Park Baseball, of course. One such world created by Jordan Gillis posits a scenario in which secret meetings take place beginning in 1985. The participants are unhappy with where Major League Baseball is headed. However, they decide to take a stealth approach, gathering resources and biding their time until the opportunity arises to announce their intentions.