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Baseball at 2008 Summer Games: Baseball is a bat-and-ball game, in which a hard, fist sized ball is thrown by the pitcher towards the hitting area of a batter. The batter attempts to hit the ball with a cylindrical shaped bat made from wood or metal. The origin of the game, baseball is considered to be a bat-and-ball game called "rounders". The game developed in the United

States of America. Baseball gained popularity in North America and parts of Latin America, the Caribbean and East Asia. It is the national game of the USA.

In the baseball game, a team can score only at the time of batting. During batting, the batters have to run counter clockwise on the field passing four markers set on the ground. The markers are called "bases". These bases are arranged at the corners of a diamond. The distance between two bases can be measured to be 90 feet.

Baseball emerged as a semiprofessional game. However, with time, the game has turned into a professional game.

Baseball in the Summer Games: Baseball made its debut in the schedule of the Summer Games in 1904. The sport was held as a demonstration sport then. Baseball has been included in the Olympic schedule for 12 Olympiads. It was only in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, when the game got the status of a full medal sport.

Rules for Baseball: There are some rules followed during the baseball game at international level. These rules are set by the Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and the NCAA. Some of the basic rules of the game are as follows -

  • The baseball teams should consist of nine players.
  • To record a run during the game, a player has to touch all the four bases on the field.
  • The size and shape of the baseball field are determined by the MLB.
  • The weight and size of the bat and ball used during baseball game are specified by the NCAA baseball rules.
  • Damaging or discoloring the ball during the game is considered to be a punishable offence.
  • The bats used by the batters have to display the certification mark. On revelation of the violation of this rule, the batter can be declared out.
  • Catching the ball with some illegal means is an offence.
  • Players' attires during the game have to follow the NCAA baseball rule.
  • There are many ways in which the defending team can defend the scoring of the opponent team.

Medal winners in Baseball: Cuba, the United States of America and japan has been leading the baseball game in the Summer Olympics. Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Barry Bonds, Lou Gehrig, Henry Aaron, Willey Mays, Ted Williams, George Herman Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Mark McGwire, Cal Ripken, Jr., Carl Yastrzemski, George Brett, Mike Schmidt, Honus Wagner, Roger Clemens, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Nolan Ryan are the top baseball players of the world.

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Last updated on: March 19, 2016