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The Basics of Baseball

The section dives into the fundamental aspects of baseball, covering the setup of the playing field, player roles and typical plays encountered during a game.

The Playing Field

Baseball is played on a field with four bases laid out in a diamond shape. Home plate is the start and end point for runners.

Moving counter-clockwise, runners touch first base, second base, and third base before scoring at home plate.

The field is divided into the infield and outfield, with the outfield consisting of left field, center field, and right field.

Players and Positions

Each baseball game features two teams with nine players each.

The pitcher stands at the mound near the center of the infield to throw the ball, while the catcher squats behind home plate.

Four infielders include the first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, and third baseman.

Three outfielders stand in the aforementioned fields.

The starting pitcher begins the game, but can be relieved by a relief pitcher or a specialized closer from the bullpen as needed.

Fundamental Plays

A runner aims to safely reach the bases and ultimately home plate to score.

A ball hit into play can result in several outcomes: a single (runner reaches first base), a double (second base), a triple (third base), or a home run (runner circles all bases).

A bunt is a tactic where the batter lightly taps the ball to advance runners.

If a fielder catches a fly ball before it lands, the batter is out.

A ground ball can lead to an out if fielded and thrown to a base quickly.

A defensive mistake is called an error, and two outs in one play is known as a double play.