One interesting thing about baseball is the lack of any timer. The game has nine innings which are divided into two halves, which means that there are eighteen parts of one baseball game. Every team has nine chances to bat and score some points, and that number can increase if the match goes into overtime. A baseball game can’t end in a draw, and thus teams play extra innings until one team emerges victorious.
Pitching and batting – The basis of baseball
Every baseball game starts with a pitch, and the batter has to try and hit the ball. These two individuals represent the core gameplay of the baseball. The pitcher is 60 feet, and 6 inches from the home plate and they pitch toward the catcher who stands behind the home plate. The batter can run (or another person that is one of the bases) as long as the ball is in the field and not in the hands of the enemy team (the rules are a bit more complicated, but you get the gist of it).
An average baseball player doesn’t carry a lot of equipment, in contrast to the catcher. A ball made from yarn and rubber and a wooden bat are the most important pieces of equipment, along with the glove. Every player carries a special glove that has a net which helps them catch the ball without the risk of injury.
The catcher is the target, and he stands in front of the ball that may go over 100 miles per hour, and therefore he needs equipment that will protect him from the pitch. His helmet has a faceguard and is quite similar to the mask of the hockey goalkeeper. He also carries shin guards, protection for the chest, knee savers as well as a padded glove that is specially made to catch high speed throws.
Baseball defense – More about the gameplay
When a team is defending, they have up to nine players on the field. Every player has a designated role and selected part of the field where they may play. Base players guard the bases, and their role is to prevent a runner from reaching their box by tagging them with the ball. Other players try to catch the ball and, in some cases, deliver it to the base player.
The offense in the baseball starts with one hitter and up to three runners. The hitter may run for the base once they successfully hit a ball. A hitter may also hit to allow another base runner to reach the next base.
Now, all of this above is just the simplest way to explain how professionals play baseball. You can browse our page for more info about this excellent sport.