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Professional baseball

Baseball is a team sport which is played by several professional leagues throughout the world. In these leagues, and associated farm teams, players are selected for their talents and are paid to play for a specific team or club system.

Contents

  • Modern professional leagues 1
    • Americas 1.1
      • United States and Canada 1.1.1
      • Colombia 1.1.2
      • Cuba 1.1.3
      • Dominican Republic 1.1.4
      • Mexico 1.1.5
      • Nicaragua 1.1.6
      • Panama 1.1.7
      • Puerto Rico 1.1.8
      • Venezuela 1.1.9
    • Asia 1.2
      • China (Peoples' Republic of China) 1.2.1
      • Israel 1.2.2
      • Japan 1.2.3
      • Korea 1.2.4
      • Philippines 1.2.5
      • Taiwan 1.2.6
    • Europe 1.3
      • Italy 1.3.1
      • Netherlands 1.3.2
    • Oceania 1.4
      • Australia 1.4.1
  • Historic leagues 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Modern professional leagues

Americas

United States and Canada

Major League Baseball in the United States and Toronto, Canada, consists of the National League (founded in 1876) and the American League (1901). Historically, teams in one league never played teams in the other until the World Series, in which the champions of the two leagues played against each other. This changed in 1997 with the advent of interleague play.[1]

In addition to the major leagues, many North American cities and towns feature minor league teams. An organization officially styled Commissioner of Baseball.

Operating outside of the Minor League Baseball organization are many independent minor leagues such as the Golden League, Atlantic League, American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, Frontier League, CanAm League as well as many others.

Colombia

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Mexico

Nicaragua

Panama

Puerto Rico

Venezuela

Asia

China (Peoples' Republic of China)

Israel

Japan

Japan has had professional baseball since the 1930s. Nippon Professional Baseball consists of two leagues, the Central League and the Pacific League, each with six teams.

Korea

Korea Baseball Organization league.

Philippines

Taiwan

Taiwan has had professional baseball since 1990s. Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Europe

Italy

Netherlands

Oceania

Australia

Historic leagues

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, African-American players were barred from playing the major leagues, though several did manage to play by claiming to be Cubans or Indians. As a result, a number of parallel Negro Leagues were formed. However, after Jackie Robinson began playing with the major-league Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, the Negro Leagues gradually faded. The process of integration did not go entirely smoothly; there were some ugly incidents, including pitchers who would try to throw directly at an African-American player's head. Now, however, baseball is fully integrated, and there is little to no racial tension between teammates.

Between 1943 and 1954, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League fielded teams in several Midwestern towns.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/interleague/index.jsp
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