Baseball History


Eduardo, journalist

Baseball is a sport played by two teams of nine players, who alternately switch positions.

The objective is to score points by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and then running around the four bases of the field. A player on the attacking team can stop at one of the bases and then advance with the help of a teammate’s hit. Teams switch positions as soon as three batters are out. A turn of offense and defense of each team represents one inning and nine innings make up a professional game. The team with the most runs at the end wins.

It is a very popular sport in North America, some Central American countries, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and the Far East. In the United States, the modality that attracts more spectators to the stadiums.Baseball, presented as a demonstration modality in several Olympic games spread over time,

It was included in the official program of the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, being a poster. This was later removed from London 2012.

However, in 2016 the International Olympic Committee approved baseball as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In North America, the professional league is Major League Baseball (MLB), and teams are divided into American (AL) and National (NL) leagues, each with three divisions: West, East and Central. The Major League champion is determined by the playoffs, culminating in the World Series. Baseball is also the leading sport in Cuba and Japan, and the professional level, as in the US, is very balanced in the National Baseball Series in Cuba and Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.