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One of the frivolties of the site and in tune with the "Cube" theme (multiple dimension views of the same data), is the grouping of data elements by city. Everyone knows what a city is but for the purpose of the site, there are some things to note.
The convention for storing cities on TBC is form a North American perspective. We use City and Region where in North America, the region refers to the State or Province while the display of a city from another country will be city and country. To elaborate a bit, Phoenix, Arizona is a City,Region combination while Osaka,Japan is a City,Country combination. For sure, countries have their own conventions but for simplicity purposes, I elected to take a North American view.
Most players, high schools, teams and ballparks will have a city attached to them which will then allow us to group all these elements together on the City pages. (Under Other Topics/Places).
One final note on cities is that a player's birthplace is always going to be questionable. For Major Leaguers, the listed birth place will more than likely be closer than correct than a Minor Leaguer or College Player. Very often, when entering new players into the system, we will take the Home Town of a player instead of his birthplace, most likely due to availability but at the same time, it might also be more accurate. My own biography might say that I was born in Montreal since I was born in a Montreal hospital but I did not grow up in Montreal proper. How this data element gets created originally is unknown to me but just thought it should be as clear as possible