Major League Baseball (MLB) is one of the most celebrated sporting events in the country and it’s also the oldest among all major professional leagues in both the United States and Canada.
Each season, 30 teams—15 from the National League (NL) and 15 from the American League (AL)—compete in 162 games for each of the teams in a span of six months for baseball supremacy.
That’s a total of 2,430 games in one MLB season, plus some postseason highlights. Here’s what you need to know about the MLB season:
The teams in the MLB
The MLB is divided into AL and NL teams of 15 each that compete against each other during the MLB season:
- Chicago White Sox
- Cleveland Indians
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Minnesota Twins
- Baltimore Orioles
- Boston Red Sox
- New York Yankees
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Houston Astros
- Los Angeles Angels
- Oakland Athletics
- Seattle Mariners
- Texas Rangers
- Chicago Cubs
- Cincinnati Reds
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Louis Cardinals
- Atlanta Braves
- Miami Marlins
- New York Mets
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Washington Nationals
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Colorado Rockies
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- San Diego Padres
- San Francisco Giants
The farm system
All the teams in the MLB follow a farm system where potential players are scouted and nurtured at every stage until they become big league players. Teams usually hire scouts to watch amateur games and find good talent from high school and college programs in and outside the country.
These potential players are then trained throughout different stages of development until they are ready to become a part of an MLB team.
Each team on the MLB is composed of 25 players together with its coaching staff and an on-field manager. Every team also has its own General Manager (GM) that takes care of all the business responsibilities in the organization like drafting and trading players, assembling team members, negotiating contracts and many other tasks.
Playoffs and wildcard
After the regular games, the winners from each division will go up against each other in a championship playoff round along with a wildcard team, which is selected according to the best record among all non-division winners. The two winners from each divisional series would end up meeting for the championship series where the winner will be chosen to play in the World Series.
Each team member is evaluated after every season to see if a player is still fit for that team or if he needs to be traded for another player. Evaluations are usually based on numbers like Runs Batted In (RBIs), Batting average, On-base Percentage (OBP), Home run and Slugging Average.
If you’re a baseball fan, these facts would definitely help you learn more about the sport you love so you can enjoy the games better and get to know your favorite players from the league.
How many games are in an MLB season?
Are the MLB playoffs 5 or 7 games?
Is MLB best of 5 or 7?
Wild Card Series (best-of-three, with all games at the higher seed’s home ballpark): No.
- seed vs. No. 8; No.
- vs. No. 7; No.
- vs. No. 6; No.
Who is the best baseball team 2020?
- Yankees (ranked No. 3 on our final 2019 regular season list)
- Dodgers (2)
- Astros (1)
- Twins (4)
- Rays (7)
- The rest of the Top 20:
What is a best of 7?
What is the best of three?
Which 3 series is best?
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Can you touch the net in badminton?
What if shuttle touches net during serve?
Which practice is not good sportsmanship?
What is poor sportsmanship?
How do you encourage sportsmanship?
- Avoid arguing.
- Everyone should have a chance to play.
- Play fair.
- Follow directions.
- Respect the other team.
- Encourage teammates.
- Respect the decisions of referees and other officials.
- End with a handshake.
What are the five main qualities for true sportsmanship?
- Be supportive. If you’re losing, it’s best not to take your disappointment out on your teammates.
- Have a positive attitude.
- Be respectful.
- Be willing to learn.
- Practice self-control.
Which behavior is an example of poor sportsmanship?
How do you deal with poor sportsmanship?
- Ask Why Playing Perfectly is So Important.
- Have Them Notice and Encourage the Other Players.
- Notice and Empathize Unfair Calls.
- Keep Score of the Good.
- Use Selective Vision.