Major League Baseball In the United States
Baseball is a simple bat-and-ball’s game played by two competing teams who each take turns fielding and batting for an entire game. The game normally begins when a player on either team, known as the pitcher, throws a ball that a player on your own team, known as the batter, attempts to hit with a Batting Cage, also known as a Batting Pitcher. Once the bat changes hands (usually through a hit by pitch – known as a balk) the other team gets an extra chance to hit.
After the pitcher finishes throwing the ball, the other team gets an additional at-bat. The team players then attempt to hit the ball into a net that’s placed on second base, third base, and home base. The teams switch roles after the batters have been put at a match. For instance, if one team has runners on base with no outs, the other team will take their turn with runners on base and the one with runners in place, then the teams switch roles and the second team goes to “pinch-hit”.
In addition to pitching and catching, there are many other positions in baseball. One position that a lot of people do not even realize is the “infielder”. An infielder is usually an infielder-type player who plays the position of second base, but sometimes plays the position of third base as well. Some examples of athletes who play this position in the National League are Rockies’ third basemen (Troy Tulac, Charlie Frye, and Todd Helms), Cubs’ second basemen (Troy Tulo, Dan Uggla, and rookie outfielder prospect Alexi Mesa) and Yankees’ short hitters (outfielders/ DH). In other professional sports leagues, some positions are even played by individuals who were not born on one specific day.
Another position in baseball that may not be as widely recognized as some other baseball positions is “fielding”. Whether it’s catching a ground ball, fielding a ball hit by a fly ball, or trying to field a base hit, this is one position in baseball where an athlete can either come in from the dugout or from the outfield to make an out. Some examples of athletes who have come in from the dugout to make an out at second base include such notable players as Lou Gehrig (Phillies), Frank White (Yankees), fielding pitchers (ex: Joe DiMaggio, Tim Lincecum, Randy Johnson), and more. The fielders in Major League Baseball have to move around constantly, making hundreds of plays on a regular basis. They need to have the agility and speed to run and catch, and have the ability to throw to runners.
Then there are the bases, or outfield positions in baseball. This position is probably the most popular but also the most difficult to learn. Players who learn to play this position are often known as “defensemen” in the baseball league. Most Major League baseball teams use three types of defensive positions, including first base, second base, and third base. Usually, these three players spend a large portion of every game at their respective positions.
Finally, there are the pitchers and relievers in professional baseball. Pitchers are often thought of as the star player, throwing the ball as hard as they can to make every single one of their batters swing and miss the ball. Relief pitchers do the same thing, except they only get the ball once or at most, twice before the other team has an opportunity to pitch. In the United States, the player known as a closer is usually a pitcher.