Famous Baseball Players
Baseball is a sport played between two teams usually of
nine players each. It is a bat-and-ball game in which a pitcher throws
(pitches) a hard, fist-sized, leather-covered ball toward a batter on
the opposing team. The batter attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered
cylindrical bat, made of wood (as required in professional baseball) or
a variety of other materials (as allowed in many nonprofessional games).
A team scores runs only when batting, by advancing its players primarily
via hitsócounterclockwise past a series of four markers called bases arranged
at the corners of a ninety-foot square, or "diamond." The game, played
without time restriction, is structured around nine segments called innings.
In each inning, both teams are given the opportunity to bat and score
runs; a team's half-inning ends when outs are recorded against three of
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