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    Key Factors to Understand Baseball Better

    Baseball, the name of a sports game is strong enough to make us realize the craze people all over the world have towards it. Generally, it’s the men who hold great enthusiasm towards the game, but with gradual advancement of time not only are women interested but participating in playing the game.

    Appealing Factors

    • It actually originated in England in the mid eighteenth century. The game was then brought down to North America by the immigrants of England. There the game got developed and transformed into what today we actually refer to as Baseball.
    • In the latter half of the nineteenth century New York became struck by the craze of baseball. Within a year sixteen area clubs were formed. And by late nineteenth century it was recognized as a national game of the United States.
    • From the States it next got transported to Canada. International games were organized where teams participated from both countries.
    • The game got further recognition and today professional leagues of baseball teams are found in South Korea, Japan, China and many Latin American Countries.


    The Game

    • It is a game played between two teams. Each team possesses nine members. The playing equipments are Bat, Ball and Glove.


    • A single inning consists of a team batting while the other team is pitching and fielding; and vice versa. Each half of a single inning consists of one team batting until three outs are declared. In the next half, the team that was pitching and fielding bats until three outs are declared.


    • Thus, a single inning consists of six outs. The result of the game is decided at the completion of nine innings. The team scoring maximum runs wins. It is the visiting team which bats first while the home team pitches and fields.


    • The team playing offense, i.e. batting and base running sends a batsman to the home plate.


    • While the team at defense, i.e. pitching and fielding throws a pitch at the batter standing at the home plate.


    • As, the batter hits the ball pitched by the pitcher, the batter runs counter clockwise to cover the four bases- first, second, third and then again back to the home plate. A run is scored when that particular batter comes back to the home plate.


    • A player of a particular team can stop at any base and then start again upon the action triggered by the other batter. When three outs are declared then the team in defense gets ready for batting in the second half of the inning.


    •  The bases are situated in the form of four corners of a square, known as baseball diamond. The area within square zone in known as infield and outside the square zone is known as outfield.


    • The catcher from the defense team stands behind the batter, facing the pitcher while an umpire again stands behind the catcher to neutrally give decisions.


    • The players of the defense team are arranged as- at outfield the players are positioned as the left fielder, center fielder and right fielder. As for the infield fielding positions-a player is placed a number of steps left towards the first base known as the first baseman, next there is the second baseman at the right side of the base and as well as the left side of the base, known as the shortstop. The third baseman is placed at the right side of the third base.


    There are many other important facets of baseball which makes it interesting. Baseball is played at local levels, especially by kids, which are often sponsored by small or big companies.

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