MLB

Last updated: 25 February, 2015

MLB LogoMajor League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball league operating within the United States and Canada. First established in 1969 it is the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in North America and presently consists of 30 teams – 29 in the US and one in Canada.

The MLB regular season is noted as one of the longest in professional sports – at 162 games it is only just shy of being twice as long as the 82-game NBA regular season.

To carry out the mammoth regular season the MLB is divided into two leagues, named the American and National Leagues respectively. These leagues are further divided into three division of East, Central and West for both.

The MLB season culminates in the postseason which sees the winner of each American and National League compete in a best of seven game series called the ‘World Series‘ to determine a champion.

It was not until the 1920s that baseball’s popularity grew. in popularity saw to overcome significant national hardship caused by the Great Depression and World War II. It was during this period that the sport also overcame racial issues with the sports ‘colour barrier’ being broken with the arrival of black American Jackie Robinson.

One of the sport’s greatest ever is considered to be Babe Ruth, credited with ‘inventing’ the home run. A writer in 1918 wrote the following: “The more I see of Babe the more he seems a figure out of mythology.”

The sport continued to grow and develop through the 1950s and ’60s in the two league structure until 2000 when the American and National Leagues merged creating one unified MLB in the process.

To date the New York Yankees have won the most MLB titles (27), playing out of the famous Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

The St. Louis Cardinals have the next-most titles, at 11.

MLB Articles

MLB GMs are following the NBA’s lead this offseason and it’s great

MLB GMs are following the NBA’s lead this offseason and it’s great

by , 20 Dec 2016

I grew up in the era of the NBA where isolation basketball was at its peak. Stars like Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and Tracy McGrady would hoist up over 20 shots per game over multiple defenders.

This Rangers team is different

by , 30 Aug 2016

The Texas Rangers are famous for their ability to choke in key moments when they seemingly have the game won, or their division clinched.

The automated strike zone: will MLB allow the right calls to be made on home plate?

The automated strike zone: will MLB allow the right calls to be made on home plate?

by , 16 Jul 2016

When San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner threw a complete-game shutout against the Diamondbacks in his team’s final game before the All Star break, around ten of his pitches were called wrongly.

Post-All Star game narratives for the second half of the MLB season

by , 15 Jul 2016

The ‘Mid-Summer Classic’ in Major League Baseball (the All-Star Game) is regarded as the halfway point for the season. The form of the teams after this week’s game is the best indicator of who will make the playoffs come October.

30 versions of one game

30 versions of one game

by , 21 Apr 2016

If you engage (even casually) with the big US Sports news outlets like ESPN, Fox Sports or Bleacher Report, you could be forgiven for assuming that the NFL is a 52-week season.

The Big Show of 2016

The Big Show of 2016

by , 8 Apr 2016

With the start of the new season of ‘America’s Pastime,’ many fans, like TV viewers, appear to fit into one of two camps.

Lifting the curse of the Chicago Cubs

Lifting the curse of the Chicago Cubs

by , 19 Oct 2015

Most people blame the goat (or Steve Bartman) for the Chicago Cubs’ inability to reach the World Series, but the curse extends far deeper than most sports fans can imagine.

A Bartman Championship is on the line for the Chicago Cubs

A Bartman Championship is on the line for the Chicago Cubs

by , 17 Oct 2015

There is nothing greater in sport than a champion for the people.

Four Royals elected for All-Star Game

by , 6 Jul 2015

Four Kansas City Royals players have been voted to the starting lineup in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, matching the American League record for most fan-elected starters from a single team.

The Santa Clause that keeps on giving

The Santa Clause that keeps on giving

by , 30 Jun 2015

When most league fans heard about the so-called ‘Santa Clause’ that was inserted into Kieran Foran’s contract with the Parramatta Eels, we responded with surprise.


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