Can any sport beat baseball for pure drama? When it’s the bottom of the ninth and the bases are loaded and everything comes down to that final pitch. It is America’s pastime and is one of the most popular sports for both players and spectators. The best baseball in the world is found in the MLB or Major league Baseball and its annual postseason World Series. Thanks to mlbstream.io you need never miss another game.
It all started in 1869 in Cincinnati and despite a few gaps, notably for World War One and Two, since then has grown to the MLB today. With 15 teams in each National League (NL) and American League (AL) a total of 30 teams now play in the MLB, 29 from the US and 1 from Canada. 162 games are played in the regular season and 5 teams from each league go on to a four-round tournament. Starting with the Wild-Card Game, a one-game playoff between wild-card teams and followed by the Division Series which is best of 5 games, qualifying teams can make it to the best-of-seven Championship Series and finally the World Series where the winners of the National League play the winners of the American League in a best-of-seven series.
The New York Yankees with a record 27 wins and 40 series played are most successful team in the World Series. But it’s too bad for the Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals who have never reached any World Series.
The National League is split into three Divisions: East, Central and West, with 5 teams in each Division.In the East Division the teams are: Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. In the Central Division are: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Finally in the West Division are: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.
The American League is also split into three Divisions with also 5 teams in each. In the East are: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. In the Central Division are: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. It is said the Tigers got their name from wearing orange stripes on black stockings. Finally in the West are: Houston Astros, LA Angels, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.
Did you know? A baseball bat has exactly 108 stitches. The first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson in 1936. Gloves only became common in baseball in the 1870s.