Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played by two teams, and each team plays nine innings attempting to score maximum runs. The game of baseball is played by two teams, and there are nine players on each side. The goal of each team is to score more runs than the opponent team, which can be done by one circuit of four bases placed on the diamond. When the fielding team gets three outs, the teams switch, and each turn to bat constitutes an inning.
Each team has only nine players playing in the field at any given time, but team actually is made of 25 players. The substitute players can be brought in the game in case of fatigue, injury or tactical reasons of current players, but once the player has been replaced, he cannot return to the game. After three outs, teams switch roles, and in case of tie after nine innings, extra innings are played to conclude the game. Four common ways that defense teams can use to out the offensive player are strikeouts where hitter misses three pitches, fly outs where defensive player catches the ball before it hits the ground, force outs where defensive player catches the ball and reaches the base before the runner and tag outs where runner gets touched with the ball or the glove that has ball in it.
Baseball has no clock, and to win, the team has to out the last batter. Baseball has no clock, and to win, the team has to out the last batter. In baseball game, aggressive strategy is usually he most advantageous, and there is no reward for conservative batting. Though it is a team sport, baseball still places each player under unusual pressure and scrutiny.
The field nearest to the bases is called infield and the farther grassy reaches are called outfield. If hitter hits at the pitch and misses or hits a foul ball, it is also a strike. The innings end when fielding team gets three hitters out, and hitting team takes turn to field, while fielding team takes turn to bat. The team scoring maximum runs at the end of nine innings is the winning team.
Dimensions of infields are regulated specifically, and only constraint regarding shape and size of outfield is that it must have the minimum distance of 99m from the home plate to fences in left and right field, and 122m to the center. Each team must stick to the bating order throughout the game. The batter gets three strikes, and when batter starts running after hitting, he or she is called runner who attempts to reach the base where they will be safe and can stay till the next hitter comes up. In World Series, champions of two leagues match up and play the best of seven series with AL rules and NL rules.