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A baseball field is a A playing field is a field used for playing sports or games. They are generally out doors, but many large structures exist to enclose playing fields from bad weather. Generally, playing fields are wide expanses of grass, dirt or sand without many obstructions. More recently, some types of fields have... playing field used for A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, Missouri. Baseball is a team sport, in which a fist-sized ball is thrown by a player called a pitcher and hit with a bat. Scoring involves running and touching markers on the ground called bases. The ball... baseball. Professional fields are situated inside The Athens Olympic Stadium Typical stadium seating consists of terraces, such as shown here at Sarajevos Stadium Kosevo. A modern stadium (plural stadiums, Latin plural stadia) is a place, or venue, for outdoor sports, concerts or other events, consisting of a field or stage partly or completely surrounded by... stadiums with seating for a large number of visitors.

Diagram of a baseball field.
Diagram of a baseball field.

The starting point for much of the action on the field is Home plate is the final base in baseball and related games that a player must touch to score. It has five sides and shaped like a square with an equilateral triangle. Unlike the other bases, homeplate is hard, usually a slightly flexible hard plastic with beveled edges that rises only... home plate, which is a white rubber pentagon seventeen Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial unit of length. Sweden also briefly had a decimal inch based on the metric system: see below for more. According to some sources, the inch was originally defined informally as the distance between... inches wide. Next to each of the two parallel sides is a batter's box. The point of the pentagon is at one corner of a ninety- This article is about a foot as a unit of length. For other uses of foot, see foot (disambiguation). A foot (plural: feet) is a non-SI unit of distance or length. The popular belief is that original standard was the length of a mans foot. The average foot... foot square. The other three corners of the square, in counterclockwise order from home plate, are called The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. A first baseman is the player on the team... first base, The position of the second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. Also called 2B, or second bagger, the second baseman often possesses quick hands and feet, needs the ability to get... second base, and The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. In... third base. Three canvas bags fifteen inches (38 cm) square mark the three bases. These three bags along with home plate form the four bases at the corners of the infield. A little-known fact about the bases is that first and third bases are entirely within the ninety-foot square, as is home plate, but second base is not. Second base is placed so that its center coincides exactly with the corner of the ninety-foot square.


The lines from home plate to first and third bases are extended infinitely and are called the foul lines. The quarter of the universe between the foul lines is fair territory; the other three-quarters of the universe is foul territory. The area in the vicinity of the square formed by the bases is called the infield; fair territory outside the infield is the outfield. Most baseball fields are enclosed with a fence that marks the outer edge of the outfield. The fence is usually set at a distance ranging from 300 to 410 feet (90 to 125 m) from home plate. Most professional and college baseball fields have a right and left foul pole. These poles are at the intersection of the foul lines and the respective ends of the outfield fence. Each pole itself is in fair territory. Any ball hitting a foul pole above the top of the outfield fence is a home run, regardless of where the ball goes after striking this pole. Foul poles are not shown on the diagram seen above. Each pole is much higher than the top of the outfield fence and serves to prove that a ball going over the fence was fair (a In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. Home runs are among the most popular aspects... home run) or foul (out of play).


In the middle of the square is a low mound called the pitcher's mound. There is a rubber plate, called the pitcher's rubber, six inches (15 cm) wide and two feet (61 cm) long, on the mound, exactly sixty feet six inches (18.4 m) from home plate. This peculiar distance was set due to a clerical error. When it was decided that the distance from home plate to the pitcher's mound should be increased from 50 feet to 60 feet (15.2 to 18.3 m) from the point of home plate, the builders read the diagram's notation of 60'00" as 60'06".


A baseline is the direct route—a straight line— between two adjacent bases. The basepath is the region within three feet (0.9 meters) of the baseline. In baseball, baserunning is the act of running around the bases performed by members of the team at bat. In general, baserunning is a tactical part of the game with the goal of eventually reaching home to score a run. In fact, the goal of batting is generally to produce... Baserunners are not required to run in this objective basepath, however; a baserunner may run wherever he wants when no play is being attempted on him. At the moment the defense begins to attempt a In baseball a tag out, sometimes just called a tag, is a play in which a baserunner is out because he is touched by the fielders hand holding a live ball while the runner is in jeopardy. A baserunner is in jeopardy when: he is not touching a base... tag on him, his running baseline is established as a direct line from his current position to the base which he is trying for. The runner may not stray three feet away from this line in an attempt to avoid a tag; if he does, he is automatically out.


The grass line, where the dirt of the infield ends and the grass of the outfield begins, has no special significance to the rules of the game. Its only purpose is to act as a visual aid so that participants, fans, and Home plate umpire Gary Darling signals that the last pitch was a strike In baseball, the umpire is the person charged with officiating the game, including beginning and ending the game, enforcing the rules of the game and the grounds, making judgment calls on plays, and meting out discipline. The... umpires may better judge distance from the center of the diamond.


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Diamond Mind Baseball (803 words)
This page organizes the leagues into three basic categories -- licensed commercial leagues, leagues in which each manager plays games using his or her own copy of the game and season disk ("hands-on"), and leagues where all of the games are played on the commissioner's computer under the control of the computer manager ("centralized").
Diamond Mind Baseball is licensed only for personal, non-commercial use.
As a result, league members are not required to be owners of the Diamond Mind Baseball game or the related season disks, and the league commissioner does not have the legal right to distribute the game or the league disk to league members.
Baseball field - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2321 words)
A baseball field or baseball diamond is the field upon which the game of baseball is played.
baseball field, the pitcher's mound is a raised section in the middle of the diamond where the pitcher stands when throwing the pitch.
In Major League Baseball, a regulation mound is 18 feet (5.5 m) in diameter, with the center 59 feet (18.0 m) from the rear point of home plate, on the line between home plate and second base.
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