The activity that I enjoy most is Baseball, which is a
competitive game of skill played between two teams, each
with nine players. Baseball is Americas National Pastime
and is played by people of ages.
Abner Doubleday, a former American Civil War officer, is
the inventor of baseball. Born in Ballston Spa, NY,
Doubleday attended school at the United States Military
Academy. As a young man, Doubleday organized a small
amount of baseball teams in Cooperstown, NY, who
played what is now known as Doubleday Field.
Cooperstown is the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Doubleday then died in 1893. Since then, amateur and
professional baseball players have been improving the
game of baseball in many ways.
Baseball is played for the money, and medially played for
the love of the game. The average salary for a baseball
player is around $2 million a year. Some players can make
as low as $250,000 a year up to about $25 million a year.
On this present day, there is a baseball league in the United
States called MLB, which stands for Major League
Baseball. The MLB is made up of thirty teams and two
different leagues, National and American. Out of the two
leagues, there consists of fifteen teams that make up three
divisions with a different number of teams in each division.
Each team plays 162 games every year, unless they are tied
with a team in their own division and a one game playoff
must be played. At the end of the year, who ever has the
best record out of their division makes it to the playoffs, as
well as a wildcard team, who has the fourth best regular
season record in the league, which makes four teams from
each league that go to the playoffs. Each team plays a team
from their own league. The team with the best and the
worst record in the regular season play each other, and the
teams with the second and third best record also play each
other, all in a five game series. The winners of those games
then play each other in a seven game series. Finally, the
two teams from each league that have been victorious play
each other in the world series, which is a series that
consists of seven games.
Most people, including myself, play baseball because they
love the game. Baseball is a remarkable sport that can be
enjoyed by everyone.