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Baseball is a sport so popular in the United States that it is often called the “national pastime.” This sport comes around every spring and summer for everyone to watch. This “bat and ball” game is followed closely to follow favorite teams and players. Baseball is not only played by professionals, it can also be played by children as young as eight years old. There are little leagues around the country for young people to get involved in.

There are nine players on a baseball team. The players consist of a: pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder. Each player has a defensive position and takes turn as a batter when his team is up to bat.

Baseball is played with a small 5-ounce ball that is about 9 inches in circumference. The bat that is used is a long, rounded piece of wood made of ash wood. Each defensive player wears a padded glove and uses it to catch the ball. The three kinds of gloves are the catcher’s mitt, first baseman’s glove, and the fielder’s glove. Each player also plays with spiked shoes to help keep their balance on the filed.

The object of the game of baseball is to outscore the other team. The game consists of nine innings. An inning is divided into a bottom and a top of the inning. One team plays defense in the top and the other plays offense. Then in the bottom of the inning they switch. Each part of the inning is ended when the defense gets three outs on the opposing team.

Pitching is one of the most important part of the game. The batter gets a total of three strikes before he is called out. If he gets four balls then he advances to the first base automatically. A strike is if the batter swings and misses completely or it is thrown in the strike zone and the batter doesn’t swing. A ball is when the ball is not thrown near the batter or out of the strike zone.

There are three ways to get an out on the offensive team. The first way is to strike the batter out. The pitcher tries to throw a variety of pitches at the batter and if the batter gets three strikes then that is one out. The hitter may hit the ball, but if he hits it in the air and someone catches it then he is out. And the final way is to make contact with the ball and the fielders throw the batter out at home.

That is the basic game of baseball. The young and old, men and women can enjoy the game of baseball. I hope you enjoy your next game of baseball a lot more.