There is no doubt that baseball is one of the popular ball games not just in the US but also in many other parts of the globe. It is a good type of sport that you should play and know more about. If you intend to learn baseball, you should strive harder to know and understand its fundamentals.
Baseball is considered a bat and ball game that is almost similar to the equally popular English Cricket. In history, baseball is said to be developed in the 18th century in England. English immigrants brought this game to the US, where its popularity shot many folds and spread to other countries. The sport has become part of the well-celebrated modern games.
There are two teams that are competing in each game. Each team is required to have at least nine players. The groups take turns in playing as the batting and the pitching team. Batters play by attempting and succeeding to hit the ball and then advancing to the bases without being hit by the ball, which could be caught by the infielders or pitchers. The pitching team’s goal is to catch the hit ball and try to ‘arrest’ batters or runners who are making their way to go to bases (there are four of them, including the home base, the last destination). Failure to do so would make the batting team’s players safe.
The scoring system is quite simple. The batter needs to hit the ball and then go to the four bases while the pitching team strives to get hold of the ball. When he succeeds in completing the rounds of all bases without being chased or out, there is a score for the batting team. It is also possible that there are four players of the batting team occupying all bases at the same time. Every player should move to advance to the next base as soon as the ball is hit by a batter.
Home run is what every batter is aiming at when playing baseball. This occurs when the batting team players are allowed to run to the bases without any obstruction. Through hitting a home run, any batter could score up to four runs for the team. The pitching team should always aim to prevent the batting team to stage or complete a home run.
As in any other ball game, the objective of each team should be to outscore the other. An inning is counted when both teams have taken turns to bat once. In a game, there should be nine innings. The team having the greater score after the set is completed is declared the winner. To learn baseball, you should fully comprehend the scoring system first and foremost. It is futile to master batting and running to bases without truly understanding the game mechanics. By this, you could surely tell that baseball is a fun, physical, and exciting bat and ball game. No wonder more and more people are getting hooked to it.