Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, and also the earliest of the four major pro sports leagues in the USA and Canada. A total of 30 teams play at the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were shaped as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901, respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into one organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which includes 256 teams associated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB oversees the Global World Baseball Classic tournament.
Baseball’s first openly all-professional group was founded in Cincinnati in 1869. (There had been groups previously that paid some players, and some that’d paid all players but under the table) The first few decades of professional baseball have been characterized by rivalries between leagues and by players who frequently jumped from one team or league to another. The interval before 1920 in baseball is known as the dead-ball age; players rarely hit home runs in this time period. Baseball endured a conspiracy to repair the 1919 World Series, which was called the Black Sox Scandal. The sport rose in popularity in the 1920s, also endured potential downturns throughout the Great Depression and World War II. After the war, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.
The 1950s and 1960s were a period of expansion for the AL and NL, then new stadiums and artificial turf surfaces started to alter the match in the 1970s and 1980s. Home runs controlled the match during the 1990s, also media reports began to discuss the use of anabolic steroids among Major League players at the mid-2000s. In 2006an evaluation produced the Mitchell Report, which implicated many players in the usage of performance-enhancing substances, including at least one participant from each team.
Now, MLB consists of 30 teams: 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada. Teams play 162 games each season and five teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the World Series, a best-of-seven championship series between the two league winners which dates to 1903. Baseball broadcasts are aired on television, radio, and the Web throughout North America and in several different countries throughout the world. MLB has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world with over 69.6 million audiences in 2018.
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