Baseball Basics

For those who are not familiar with the game of baseball, here is a basic description of the game.

Baseball is played on a diamond-shaped field, with a base at each corner. Each team is made up of nine players. One team bats while the other fields.

The pitcher stands on the pitcher's mound, and throws the ball to the batter, who is standing at the home plate. The batter attempts to hit the ball to a part of the field where the fielders cannot reach it. After hitting the ball, the batter then runs to first base, then on to second, third and home, or as many as he can reach before the fielder returns the ball. If the batter reaches all bases and back home, he scores a run. If he reaches a base, and cannot continue as the ball has been returned, he can safely stay at the base and continue his run when the next batter comes to bat.

baseball field

A batter is out if the fielder touches first base with the ball before the batter reaches it, or if the fielder touches the batter with the ball between bases, or if the fielder catches the ball before it lands. The batter is also out if he swings and misses three times, which is called a strike out.

When three players are out, the team's innings is over, and the opposing team has a turn at bating. There are nine innings in a game. The team to score the most runs wins the game.