Baseball Equipment – An Overview

October 31, 2009


Baseball is a sport which is also considered as a profession, played between two teams which have nine players each. The goal of playing baseball is to score ‘runs’, by hitting a thrown ball by using a bat and touching four markers called bases that are arranged at the corners of what is called a diamond. Players who are in the batting team will take turns to hit while the team called the fielding team will try to stop them from scoring runs by getting the team members hitting, ‘out’ of the game.

When playing baseball, there need to be baseball equipment. There are four basic tools or baseball equipment. The equipments are: the bat, the mitt, the ball and the field.

The bat is offensive baseball equipment – usually made either of wood or of aluminum (depending on the game that is being played- aluminum bats are used in amateur leagues). It is a stick which is long and hard with an approximately two inch diameter- except at the handle, which is smaller – about one inch.

The ball is another one of baseball equipment, approximately the size of a fist and is usually white with red lacing (though other colors can also be used).

The mitt – which is also known as the glove is a defensive baseball equipment. It is usually made of leather and is worn on the hand of the player to help in catching the ball. To meet the need of the defensive position of the player, it can take different shapes.

The other basic baseball equipment is a field. This is the place where the game will be played and its dimensions vary according to the age of the players. The field, however, always has a diamond shape with bases at its corners. The first, second and third bases are canvas bags and the base called ‘the home’ is a rubber plate. Infield is the term given to the area of the field closest to the bases and ‘outfield’ is the term given to the area most distant from the bases. Hence, the bases are also a part of baseball equipment. The bases are also hence, part of baseball equipment.

Other baseball equipment used includes, Batting helmet, baseball cap, catcher’s helmet and sliding shorts.

Giving Protection to the head and the ear of the batter that faces the pitcher, from the ball, is the function of the protective baseball equipment called the batting helmet. The baseball equipment worn by all players- the baseball cap, gives shade to the eyes of the players from the sun. Another protective baseball equipment- Catcher’s helmet, guards the face of the catcher by means of a face guard. Sliding shorts are baseball equipment that protects the thighs when the player slides to the bases..

Good care needs to be taken of this baseball equipment- as without them, the game will not prevail.

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