Baseball and Softball

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Both baseball and softball have been around for over one hundred years and little about them have changed over the years. They are similar in many ways. However, there are also some very distinct differences in the two. Baseball and softball are both two very popular sports in the United States. In the United States alone, there are over 42 million people that play organized baseball. Both well-liked sports are increasingly popular and more and more players are joining each year in the United States, as well as other regions of the world. Both baseball and softball require umpires. An umpire is an official who watches the game closely to enforce the rules and judge matters arising from the game. The umpire is the person in charge of officiating the game, including the beginning and ending of the game. An umpire in a game ensures that the rules of the game are adhered to. The umpire also enforces the rules of the game and the grounds, making judgment calls on plays and handling disciplinary actions. In addition to both sports having umpires, both baseball and softball have the same concept. The concept of both sports involve hitting the ball, getting on base, and running all the way around to score a point. The object of the game is to score as many runs as the team can. A pitcher from the opposing team throws the ball to the batter and tries to get him out. The batter tries to hit the ball and run to as many bases as possible. The pitcher can strike him out by making the batter swing but miss the ball. If the pitcher throws three strikes, then the batter is out. On the field, at any given time, in baseball and softball, there are always nine players. The nine bases are: pitcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left field, center field, and right field. Each position has a certain responsibility on the field. All
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