Retired shortstop and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees gave his thoughts on why he loves baseball.
“I think because everybody can relate. You don’t have to be seven feet tall; you don’t have to be a certain size to play. Baseball is up and down. I think life’s like that sometimes, you know. Back and forth, up and down, you’re going through this grind. I think people like watching it. Baseball’s like a soap opera every day.”
Baseball is a sport that has been played for over 150 years and is known as America’s favourite past time. Baseball is actually a popular sport played all over the world and has a rich history in Australia.
Cricket has long been the dominant sport in Australia and the crossover elements are very similar to baseball where the basics of running, catching and throwing are used.
How baseball works
- Baseball is a game played between 2 teams of 9 players, with each team taking turns on offense (batting) and defence (fielding).
- Baseball is played in innings. Each inning consists of each team playing offense and defence until 3 batters are out.
- The fielding team consists of 9 players on the field, and includes a pitcher, a catcher, four infielders and three outfielders.
- The pitcher delivers a pitch (throw) from a raised mound on the infield to the catcher at home plate.
- The batter attempts to hit the pitched ball into the field of play and reach first base (or more) as the fielding team attempts to get the batter out.
- A batter can also get out by being struck out. A strike out consists of 3 strikes – whereby a batter attempts to hit pitches and misses or when the umpire has judged a pitch hittable in the ‘strike zone’ and calls it a strike.
- If a pitcher throws 4 balls outside the strike zone, first base will be awarded to the batter.
- A run is scored when a runner crosses home plate after having touched each prescribed base in order.
- Once the defending team has retired or gotten their 3 batters out, both teams swap roles.
7 reasons why you will love baseball
- Game time – baseball allows players multiple chances at batting. If you get out the first time, you get another chance, no need to wait til next weekend.
- It’s fast paced – baseball is all about speed and power. Hard hitting home runs, speeding around the bases, throwing runners out at the base. Every play in baseball is fast paced and challenging.
- Team orientated – whilst individual skills are recognised, playing together in a team on the field develops long last friendships.
- More games – whilst you won’t be asked to play 162 games, Baseball allows players to play more games, more often, meaning more game time and more fun.
- Fitness – baseball is a great way to develop fitness, increase speed, improve strength and help develop hand eye coordination.
- Stuff happens – every pitch, every play something is happening in baseball, especially when the batter hits the ball in play, something will always be happening.
- No ducks! – You’ve been waiting all week to play and have a bat and you get out first ball. No sitting around waiting til next weekend, just wait til it’s your turn to bat again. You will always get second and third chances in baseball.
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