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.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises about 240 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.
Baseball's first professional team was founded in Cincinnati in 1869. The first few decades of professional baseball were characterized by rivalries between leagues and by players who often jumped from one team or league to another.
The period before 1920 in baseball was known as the dead-ball era; players rarely hit home runs during this time. Baseball survived a conspiracy to fix the 1919 World Series, which came to be known as the Black Sox Scandal. The sport rose in popularity in the 1920s, and survived potential downturns during the Great Depression and World War II. Shortly after the war, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.
The 1950s and 1960s were a time of expansion for the AL and NL, then new stadiums and artificial turf surfaces began to change the game in the 1970s and 1980s. Home runs dominated the game during the 1990s, and media reports began to discuss the use of anabolic steroids among Major League players in the mid-2000s. In 2006, an investigation produced the Mitchell Report, which implicated many players in the use of performance-enhancing substances, including at least one player from each team.
Today, MLB is composed of 30 teams: 29 in the United States and one in Canada. Teams play 162 games each season and five teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the World Series, a best-of-seven championship series between the two league champions that dates to 1903. Baseball broadcasts are aired on television, radio, and the Internet throughout North America and in several other countries throughout the world. MLB has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world with more than 73 million spectators in 2015.The first-year player draft is Major League Baseball's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick.
The first amateur draft was held in 1965. Unlike most sports drafts, the first-year player draft is held mid-season, in June. Another distinguishing feature of this draft in comparison with those of other North American major professional sports leagues is its sheer size: under the current collective bargaining agreement the draft lasts 40 rounds, plus compensatory picks. In contrast, the NFL draft lasts for seven rounds (a maximum of 256 selections), the NHL entry draft lasts seven rounds and roughly 215 picks, and the NBA draft lasts for only two rounds (60 selections).