Item #: SCP-2206
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: Containment of SCP-2206 is currently unfeasible due to the number and distribution of its broadcasting locations. To combat growing public awareness of SCP-2206, a mass disinformation campaign has been launched with the goal of disguising SCP-2206 as a work of fiction. To this end, the following actions have been, will be, and/or are continuing to be taken:
- The creation of a fictional website for SCP-2206, describing it as a radio show parodying popular sports talk radio.
- The creation of SCP-2206 merchandise, sold through an online storefront on the aforementioned website.
- The creation of advertisements for SCP-2206, memetically engineered to decrease listeners' willingness to believe that SCP-2206 is anything other than a work of fiction.
- The staging of live shows emulating SCP-2206 broadcasts, performed by Mobile Task Force Lambda-30 ("Sports Casting Performers").
Efforts to locate and neutralize the source of SCP-2206 are ongoing.
Description: SCP-2206 is a series of radio broadcasts that began occurring throughout the continental United States in 2008. These broadcasts mainly occur during the local evening, usually coinciding with a region's baseball games. While it is possible to trace individual instances of SCP-2206 back to their apparent broadcasting locations, no source has been found for them. It is currently theorized that SCP-2206 is an inter-universal broadcast from an alternate universe significantly different from our own.
The content of SCP-2206 is a sports commentary and discussion show. While the focus of this show is a sport referred to as baseball, this sport is significantly different from any known version of baseball played on Earth.1
- Batters do not receive walks. The only way to get on base is to successfully hit the ball.
- Bats are constructed from aluminum or lightweight composites, instead of the northern white ash wood typically used in the construction of professional-level bats.
- A larger playing field. The distance between bases has been stated as being 180 feet (approximately 55 meters), while the distance between home plate and the furthest point of the back wall has been given as 1600 feet (approximately 490 meters).
- High-strength fences (constructed from various different materials) of "great height" entirely surround the field for the protection of spectators.
- On-field fights between opposing teams are common, expected, and considered a legitimate manner of contesting an umpire's call.
- Serious injuries and fatalities are significantly more common.
- The use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs is mandatory.
- Players are highly divergent from baseline humans. Genetically-modified and cybernetically-enhanced humans, sapient ectomorphs, androids, and other anomalous humanoids are present in some combination on all teams.
- Fan superstitions appear to be capable of actually affecting the outcome of a game.
The commentators for SCP-2206, who are by all indications baseline humans, treat these differences as usual and normal, providing commentary very similar in tone and style to that of a normal sports talk radio show.
The following teams are known to currently play SCP-2206 baseball.
|Anaheim Avengers||American||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||While it has been stated that they are the second team in history from Anaheim, it is currently unknown what happened to the first.|
|Atlanta Aztecs||National||Atlanta Braves||In lieu of an opening pitch, the team starts their home games by ritually sacrificing a B-list celebrity.|
|Baltimore Terrapins||American||Baltimore Orioles||Although they are named after the Maryland state reptile, their mascot is apparently a three-ton, acid-spitting lizard capable of launching poisonous spines from its back. It is possible that in SCP-2206's universe, this is the state reptile of Maryland.|
|Boston Red Shirts||American||Boston Red Sox||Currently holds the record for most fatalities sustained in a single game, set during a 1903 game against the New York Highlanders. After losing their entire roster, the Red Shirts began drafting spectators onto the team. They eventually won 1-0.|
|Chicago Black Sox||American||Chicago White Sox||Conspired to fix the 1919 World Series, which they lost in a four-game sweep, to the confusion of all involved.|
|Chicago Orphans||National||Chicago Cubs||The team has been without a manager, owner, and coaching staff since 1897, and were evicted from their ballpark in 1902. Despite this, they are one of the most successful teams in SCP-2206 baseball, having claimed over 20 World Series titles.|
|Cincinnati Communists||National||Cincinnati Reds||Between 1952 and 1993, the entire team was illegal under US law.|
|Cleveland Exiles||American||Cleveland Indians||The team has not played a single game in Cleveland since 1900.|
|Colorado Blizzards||National||Colorado Rockies||Their stadium is perpetually buried under a meter of snow, providing them with a significant home field advantage.|
|Detroit Wolverines||American||Detroit Tigers||Members of the team appear to be immortal.|
|Florida Flounders||National||Miami Marlins||As the only entirely amphibious team, they represent the United States in the Pisces Cup, a five-game series played against the Atlantis Aquatics. By Atlantean lore, the possessor of the cup has fishing rights to the North Atlantic.|
|Houston Colt .45s||American||Houston Astros||Singularly responsible for the 1972 ban on the use of firearms during play.|
|Kansas City Kings||American||Kansas City Royals||Actually two teams, one from Kansas City, Missouri, and one from Kansas City, Kansas, both of which claim to be the rightful heirs to the title of Kansas City Kings.|
|Los Angeles Defectors||National||Los Angeles Dodgers||Originally the Brooklyn Excelsiors, in 1958 the entire team, stadium, and ownership were transplanted to Los Angeles overnight, narrowly escaping an assassination plot orchestrated by the New York Highlanders.|
|Minnesota Clones||American||Minnesota Twins||Notable for being the first team to make extensive use of cloned players, earning them their name. Their roster has remained unchanged since 1985, consisting entirely of genetic clones of previous players.|
|Montreal Volcanoes||National||Washington Nationals||Their home games are played inside the active volcano of Mount Royal3. This resulted in the incineration of the entire team, along with their opponents, the Toronto Razors, and thousands of spectators when the volcano erupted during Game Five of the 2005 Pearson Cup.|
|New York Highlanders||American||New York Yankees||Repeatedly referred to as "The Most Hated Team in Baseball" by various SCP-2206 commentators, the New York Highlanders have a history of using tactics considered underhanded even by SCP-2206 standards. After forcing their fellow New York teams, the New York Gothams and the Brooklyn Excelsiors, to flee the city in 1958, they remained the sole SCP-2206 baseball team in New York until the formation of the New York Urbans in 1961.|
|New York Urbans||National||New York Mets||Nicknamed "The Murderin' Urbans" in 1969, due to their assassination of the entire roster of the Baltimore Terrapins on the eve of Game One of that year's World Series. As a direct result, off-field murder was banned the following season. This ban would not be lifted until 2000.|
|Oakland Elephants||American||Oakland Athletics||Spectators are physically incapable of forgetting their games.|
|Philadelphia Phantoms||National||Philadelphia Phillies||From their inception, the entire team has been cursed to haunt their stadium as "ghosts"4 until they can go an entire season without losing a game. Their ability to complete this goal is hindered by their inability to play away games.|
|Phoenix Firebirds||National||Arizona Diamondbacks||First team to play in a stadium with a fireproof roof.|
|Pittsburgh Rebels||National||Pittsburgh Pirates||Staged an uprising against the Commissioner of Baseball in 2010, which ended in failure after the Commissioner killed his assailants with his "death stare".|
|San Diego Whales||National||San Diego Padres||Players have repeatedly been the targets of Japanese whaling ships, despite not actually being whales.|
|San Francisco Ghosts||National||San Francisco Giants||Originally the New York Gothams, in 1958 the entire team, stadium, and ownership were transplanted to San Francisco overnight, after narrowly failing to escape an assassination plot orchestrated by the New York Highlanders.|
|Seattle Storms||American||Seattle Mariners||The entire team was banned for the duration of the 2009 season after using divine intervention from multiple weather gods5 to influence the outcomes of their games, including the American League Championship Series. SCP-2206 baseball rules limit teams to one patron deity per season.|
|Seattle Autopilots||National||Milwaukee Brewers||The team's roster includes two self-driving cars, four unmanned aerial vehicles, and three autonomous vacuum cleaners. It is unknown how they are able to play baseball.|
|St. Louis Cardinals||National||St. Louis Cardinals||Although they share a name with our universe's St. Louis Cardinals, the SCP-2206 Cardinals have an actual Catholic Cardinal as their mascot, who is an ordained bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the College of Cardinals. This is in contrast to our universe's St. Louis Cardinals, who do not.|
|Tampa Bay Devils||American||Tampa Bay Rays||Player salaries are paid in human souls.|
|Texas Renegades||American||Texas Rangers||In 1993 the entire team quit baseball and formed a basketball team, only to return to baseball in 1995.|
|Toronto Razors||American||Toronto Blue Jays||As part of Ontario's ongoing war against facial hair, the team offers free shaves to spectators.|