The Basic Rules of Greek Baseball
Not many Europeans know that baseball is a sport extremely popular in the United States since the mid-1850’s. Someone new to baseball may find its rules too complicated. The truth is that it is quite basic once you get familiar with how things work. In this article, we are going to provide a clear guide on how the game is played and some ground rules that will allow you to understand better the sport.
Baseball is played between two opposing teams of 9 players on specially designed fields that resemble a triangle or a diamond. The area is divided into an infield and an outfield. The infield is where most of the action takes places. It is divided into equally distanced zones called bases that are connected with baselines. If the home base is six o’clock counting, clockwise we would have the first base at 9 o’clock, the second base at 12 o’clock and the third base at 3 o’clock. The outfield is the area past the baselines.
During a match, baseball players are required to hit a ball thrown by the opposing team using a wooden bat and score runs that make the objective of the game. In baseball terminology, a run represents a top hit that allows the batter to go around all the fields’ bases and score.
Unlike other sports, baseball is not limited to a certain amount of time. Instead, a match of baseball is divided into innings that represent the unit of play. An inning is subdivided into halves referred as the “top” and the “bottom”. In each half, one team bats while the other team throws the ball and defends the field. There are nine innings in a game of baseball. Extra innings can be added in case of a tie.
Baseball players can occupy one of the 9 fielding positions: pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder.
The pitcher is the person who throws the baseball towards a catcher that uses a big glove to catch the ball. Between the pitcher and the catcher is the batter who tries to hit the ball. The baseman, shortstop, and fielder are defensive positions and have to the role to catch the ball hit by the batter and prevent a home run.
Just like many other sports, baseball has additional rules for various situations. Likewise, baseball players can use a broad range of strategies to gain an advantage over their opponents.
If you want you learn more about baseball, we recommend you to watch a baseball match and see the dynamics of the sport. It will all become clear before you know it.