February 18, 2009
Pluto (and Ceres) Will Play for The PlanetsSeventy-nine years after Clyde Tombaugh discovered the solar system object Pluto, the Cosmic Baseball Association has granted the Astronomical Planets permission to include "dwarf planets" on the team's active roster. The Planet's had requested that Pluto and four other designated "dwarf planets" be made eligible as cosmic baseball players. However, CBA decided that only Pluto and Ceres would be eligible as players for the 2009 Season. (Note: Ceres was discovered on January 1, 1801, 45 years before planet Neptune was found. Ceres officially became a designated "dwarf" on September 13, 2006.)
While the decision to admit the dwarf planets was generally met with approval, some believe it was a mistake that could lead to additional non-planet objects gaining access to the team. CBA analysts concluded that since there were already two non-planets on the team (the Sun, the Moon) there was precedent for the decision. But does this action open up the Planets roster to virtually any object in our solar system?
Others argue that astronomers are beginning to discover other solar systems and planets and that these new discoveries are potential draft pools. Is this a better idea than opening the field of play to the dwarf planets?
Another Baseball AsteroidAs the Cosmic Baseball Association considers the eligibility of the celestial object Pluto, another more down-to-Earth controversy has erupted over the disclosure that Alex Rodriguez, a Major League Baseball (MLB) player, used an illegal ("banned") substance. The revelation means that Rodriguez cheated, according to the rules of MLB.
This likely means that A-Rod (as he is euphemistically called) will move from his current status as star to a less phenomenal status such as an "asteroid".
Inaugural Baseball GamesTwo personal cosmic baseball games were played today in honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. The Washington DC Avenues defeated the Memorials in a close and well-played first game. Talented Dancers won their contest against the ten official Inaugural Balls that took place in Washington DC during the evening and late night.
Season 2009 Calendar
2008 Search TermsThe table below summarizes the various "search terms" our 2008 visitors used to land at the Cosmic Baseball Association's website. The data is tracked and compiled by the Google Analytics service. A minimum of one hundred (100) entries was required to appear in this listing.
Happy New Year MMIXHappy New Year and Good Will Towards All...from the Cosmic Baseball Association to all of our fans and friends.
CBA begins its 28th season of regulated cosmic baseball play on March 15.
In honor of the 44th U.S. Presidential Inaugural festivities, the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance will be sponsoring an open house and escort services at its national headquarters from January 20-22. COBRA is located in between the National Mall (4 blocks north) and Nationals Park (4 blocks east).
Personal Cosmic Baseball Game
On January 20, 2009 a Personal Cosmic Baseball Game honoring the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States will be played between Washington DC Memorials and Washington DC Avenues.
|New York Avenue||3B|
|Rhode Island Avenue||C|
|New Hampshire Avenue||2B|
|Vietnam Vets Memorial||1B|
|Korean War Memorial||3B|
|Law Enforcement Memorial||C|
|US Navy Memorial||CF|
On December 1, the team submitted a new formal request in the form of a petition. The petition requests that Pluto and four other officially recognized dwarf planets be made eligible to play on the team during Season 2009.
The four other dwarfs named in the petition are Ceres, Eris, Makemake and Haumea.
CBA's rules stipulate that only officially recognized "planets" are eligible for the Astronomical Planets team as players. The Earth's Sun, and the Earth's satellite, the Moon, are also eligible despite the fact that they are not planets. (Earlier petitions for satellites of other planets, such as the moons of Mars, have been denied.)
The issue hinges on scientific community conventions and cosmic baseball traditions. A ten-player roster does not meet the minimum set by the CBA for teams in the regulated playing leagues. The Planets, including last season's exception for Pluto, had a roster of eleven players.
The bottom line right now is that if the petition is rejected and Pluto cannot play, the Planets will not be eligible to play regulated cosmic baseball in 2009.