Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, and the earliest of the four major professional sports leagues in the USA and Canada. A total of 30 teams perform at the National League (NL) and American League (AL), together with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as independent legal entities in 1876 and 1901, respectively. After cooperating but staying legally separate entities starting in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization headed by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs is also overseen by the organization. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.
Baseball’s first openly all-professional team was founded in Cincinnati in 1869. (There was teams previously that paid a few players, and a few 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 that often jumped from 1 team or league to another. The period before 1920 in baseball is referred to as the dead-ball age; players rarely hit home runs during this time. Baseball survived a conspiracy to fix. The sport rose in popularity in the 1920s, and survived possible downturns during the Great Depression and World War II. Shortly after the war, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.
The 1950s and 1960s were a time of expansion for the AL and NL, then new stadiums and artificial turf surfaces started to change the game in the 1970s and 1980s. Home runs controlled the match throughout the 1990s, and press reports started to go over the usage of anabolic steroids among Major League players at the mid-2000s. In 2006, an evaluation produced the Mitchell Report, which pitted several gamers in the use of performance-enhancing substances, including a minumum of one participant from each team.
Now, MLB is composed of 30 groups: 29 in the USA and 1 in Canada. Teams play 162 games every year 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 radio, television, and the Internet throughout North America and in several other countries throughout the world. MLB has the maximum season attendance of any sports league in the world with more than 69.6 million spectators in 2018.
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