Baseball is called America's game, but could have originated in many places around the world. There are many games it resembles. If you look at games like rounder's, cricket, polo, or any number of other games that ancient civilizations or even modern games played it has similarities to many of them. The simple fact is that we love our baseball and it is a beautiful thing to watch. It seems that many other cultures do love the game too. It is very popular in Cuba, Mexico, Japan, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, the Middle East, and some other Asian and European countries.
Baseball is played with 9 players on the field for one team on defense and a pitcher. The other team has a batter. The team in the field has a pitcher, a catcher, a first baseman, a second baseman, a short stop, a third baseman, a left fielder, a center fielder, and a right fielder. The other team has a batter. The pitcher will throw a series of pitches to the batter while the batter will try to hit the ball that the pitcher is trying to pitch. The catcher will catch the balls. If the batter hits the ball in the air and the fielders catch it before it hits the ground then the batter is out. If the batter hits the ball on the ground and the fielders can field the ball and throw it to first before the batter runs to first then he is out. The objectives for the batter is to eventually get all the way back to home plate. There are three bases and then home plate. He cannot be tagged out as long as he is standing on any of the bases. If he gets back around to home then his team scores which will mean that if they continue to score they will end up winning in the end if they score more than the other team.
The batters will try to have a lineup of 1-9. They will try to have a fast player who can get on base a lot at the top of their lineup. They should have someone who can move that batter over after that player. Then there should be a power hitter in the 3rd spot who also gets on base to set up for the fourth spot to knock everyone in and someone in the fifth spot who can hit very well and can hit pretty hard and get on base very consistently to protect the fourth spot so that way he doesn't get walked too much. Many managers will just walk the cleanup hitter so they don't have to deal with them, but if there is a dangerous hitter in the five holes then it's harder to just let him take a base and give up a possible out. It will be a lot easier if they can just go ahead and have to pitch to both hitters. In general the next batters are at the manager's discretion. They sometimes will just be put in there according to how they hit situation ally or if maybe the manager wants to get creative and move the pitcher from the seven to the eight so he can have more speed and a better bat at the nine.
The main draw for baseball is the pro game or the M>B Major League Baseball. They have two divisions the NL and AL. The NL makes you bat the pitcher, while the AL has a designated hitter for the pitcher and the DH does not have to play in the field. The players in this game are awesome. Most pitchers throw fastballs in the 90's or high 80's, some in the 100's. The hitters are so awesome the way they have such timing down and the fielders can make the most amazing plays in the field. The teams that are hot right now are the Texas Rangers, San Fransisco Giants, New York Yankees, Philidelphia Phillies, and sometimes the Braves or Red Sox. The playoffs are a tournament style with wildcards and so many rounds with series for the championship.
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