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10 Baseball Countries Besides America

I was watching a George Carlin stand-up comedy show. He has a legendary routine about baseball. In fact, he is not the only one who jokes about America’s favorite pastime.  

Usually, the joke goes that ‘there should not be a World Championship of baseball if it is only America who plays’.  

The joke is good.  

But for a long time now America is not the only country that is good at baseball. Not anymore. In fact, some countries like Philippines and Japan have had baseball for almost as long as U.S. In some countries it simply hasn’t caught well. 

In any case, there is some good news for baseball.  

The sport has becoming more popular. For example, there are now baseball-themed online slots even, sites like http://top-casino-bonus.co.uk show that not only football has broken into online gaming.     

There have also been plans to return softball and baseball to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, in 2020 after a 12 year hiatus and recently they have been confirmed.

 

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Here are Top 10 baseball countries to look for in the upcoming Olympics: 

South Korea 

The current holding champion that won gold medals in Beijing, 2008 Olympic Summer Games. This performance was a spectacular as well as came into history as the first Olympic Gold medal for an Asian country.  

However, since then South Korea’s performances have been declining slightly after finishing 9th and 10th in 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic.  

Japan 

Japan has played baseball for almost 150 years. If you are an avid reader, you can often find baseball mentioned in the novels of Haruki Murakami. In fact, baseball may be Japan’s most loved sport. They are good at it, too having finished third and second in the Olympic Games but they are certainly looking to win the Gold medals at the Olympics on their home turf.   

Cuba 

Baseball fans don’t need introductions to Cuba baseball. 5-time Olympic medalists (3 Gold, 2 Silver). The country will be hungry to come back to the top after a bitter loss to South Korea in 2008.         

Australia 

Australia came a bit of a surprise for many fans in 2004 Olympic Games. They played well against Japan in the semi-finals and it gained baseball a ton of new fans back home, however after the hype died off, baseball growth in Australia slowed down.   

The other six countries in this Top 10 list are Canada, Netherlands, China, Greece, Italy and Israel. They all have had varying degrees of success in baseball but any of them could become the dark horse of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.    

I hope that fans from countries that are not on this list don’t get offended. Baseball is becoming more and more popular in Europe countries such as Greece, Spain, Ireland not to mention Americas, such as Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Venezuela.    

Conclusion

Baseball is a great sport that needs more popularity. I’m passionate about the sport that’s why I couldn’t be happier about the baseball making a comeback to the Summer Olympic games. Who do you think will win? Leave a comment. 

What is so special about Baseball that attracts people?

Although baseball is not as famous as other sports worldwide, it is a great sport having its own uniqueness and charm. It also has an important place in the history of America which is also why a lot of Americans love the sport. The sport tends to give you a sense of leisure, calmness as well as entertainment and drama occasionally. Baseball fans love the game because of several reasons. In this article we will list several reasons as to what makes baseball so special:

The fans:

The fans have always been a big contributor in making baseball special. The loyalty they have and atmosphere created especially on opening days are worth looking forward to.

Ballparks:

The parks of different baseball teams vary and are unique. Not even one looks alike. That exactly is what differentiates baseball from other sports. Fans of various teams visit rival or other teams’ home ground just to visit the ballparks.

Social charm:

Baseball is one of the few sports having the appeal of socialisation. One can bring friends and families together to watch a game. Families can even bring young toddlers to games. It is a friendly sport to people of different age groups.

A huge number of games:

Baseball is one of the few sports played out for a long time spanning to 162 games over six months. The sport is played every day and gives more time to fans to watch their favourite team play. This makes baseball special because one will not find a sport that is played as frequent as baseball.

Skills:

Another reason that makes baseball special is the skills required to play. It is intriguing to see the dynamics that is played out between players who hit and those who pitch.

Ticket prices:

There are many games to attend, and the ticket prices are relatively lower compared to other sports. The less expensive nature of tickets is another appealing feature that makes the game special.

Unpredictability:

Unlike other sports where winning teams are pretty much predictable once they lead with more points, baseball is the opposite. No matter how much points a team leads with, you can never predict what will happen because there are no time constraints. Every team will get the same number of chances. A game can last for 3 hours and even more.

Eligibility criteria to play:

Another reason that makes baseball special is that one does not have to be tall or have a strong built to be able to play the game. Skills are required however unlike other sports where there are limitations to who can play the game because of physical features; baseball is not limited.

Team and individual sport:

 

The fact that baseball is a team as well as an individual sport at the same time makes the sports special. The contributions made by players are independent, and they do not require dependence on other players. At the same time, each’s performance contributes to the team’s success.