Baseball is an exciting game that everyone should try. A professional match includes the game on both the physical and psychological level, but a game between friends doesn’t require mental aspect. Americans are the people who like this game above others, and their professional league consists of many strong teams filled with professionals. But, not all people understand this sport and those that don’t get it fail to see the beauty of this game.
Explaining the baseball basics
A professional team has a limit on how many players it can have (25), but once a season they are allowed to increase their roster to up to forty players. This rule exists to allow teams to try new things and new players. The maximum number of players in the game is ten, but some teams use strategies that require only nine players, which is also allowed. This game is divided into two parts, the offense and defense, and teams take their turns at each of those.
The object of the game is to hit the ball and make it impossible for the opposing team to catch it. The home run is a hit which goes beyond the field, making it impossible for field players to catch it. The professional pitchers throw balls that, in some cases, exceed 100 miles per hour, so it’s quite hard to hit the ball where you want it. The ability to throw the ball that fast evolved the game, forcing batters to change the way they hit the ball. This, in turn, changed the way pitchers throw it.
The offensive nature of the baseball
The defensive aspect of this game is as important as offensive part, but people are more interested in players that are on offense, rather than those that defend. The offensive part starts at the batting. The player has three chances to hit a fair ball, after which he can go for the first base, or even the second or third. The best start of the game is when the player hits the ball off the field from where the opposing players can’t retrieve it. This is a home run. Multiple different types of hits exist, and the rulebook is strict about the way a player can act. To reach the base, the batter has to touch the mound of the base before the guard catches the ball and checks him (reaches the batter with the ball).
Baseball defense isn’t boring
The very mention of defense in a sport associates it with slow paced and boring game. But baseball is a slow-paced sport, no matter what role the team is playing. When a team plays the defense, they throw and catch and other field players are there to prevent the other team from scoring. The players on the defense have their assigned positions, but they can move and try to predict the outcome of the batting. The rulebook is large, but if you want to play, then it will be easy to learn those rules. Even if you don’t understand everything, you can play for fun.