Major League Baseball (略称:MLB)

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the world's premier professional baseball league, consisting of 30 teams in the United States and Canada. One of the four North American professional sports leagues (baseball, American football, ice hockey, and basketball). Strictly speaking, it is a joint venture organization of the two leagues, the National League and the American League, established in 1903 to operate both leagues in a unified manner. MLB consists of two leagues, the National League and the American League (15 teams in each league), and consists of 30 teams: 29 teams based in the United States (14 in the American League and 15 in the National League) and one team based in Toronto, Canada (in the American League). Each team will belong to the East, Middle, and West Districts for each league.

American baseball hierarchy

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball(略称:MLB)

MLB prides itself on being the best in the world.

Major League Baseball, the national baseball league in the U.S., consists of the American League and the National League. The game in which two teams from both leagues compete for the championship is known as the "World Series.

Generally speaking, a tournament with the word "worlds" is, as the word implies, a tournament in which athletes from various countries and regions compete. However, in the U.S., it is not unusual for top-class MLB players not to participate in international tournaments such as the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic (WBC) because of the pride that "MLB is the best baseball league in the world. It is not unusual for top-class MLB players not to participate in international tournaments such as the Olympics and WBC (World Baseball Classic).

The respective roles of MLB and independent leagues in the future

MLB has multiple layers of farm leagues under its umbrella. Generally, they are divided into 3A, 2A, 1A, and Rookie in order of level, but the reality is a bit more complicated. In addition, each level has its own baseball team, and several more leagues exist from there. In the U.S., where there is no corporate-sponsored baseball, as in Japan, MLB has a whole class of promising players who have graduated from school. In the past, it was said that only 2A players could be considered professionals in the true sense of the word, and those in 1A and below were regarded as "professional reserve corps. The MLB, which has recently stopped holding "reserve pro" players for pay, has outsourced player development, similar to Japan's NPB, and the minor leagues are disappearing. It has formed partnerships with independent leagues in their place, and attention is now focused on independent league players in development. Against this backdrop, the independent league in the U.S. will be even more certain in the future. The tryout to be held this time is sponsored by the "Empire League," which has many players transferring to higher leagues. Ride this great wave of promising Japanese players to the top of the baseball world!

Baseball in the U.S., a sports powerhouse

Baseball is a popular sport in Japan. The four major American sports, which include baseball plus American football (NFL), basketball (NBA), and ice hockey (NHL), are particularly popular in the United States. MLB, which we are aiming at this time, consists of two leagues, the "National League" and the "American League," as explained at the beginning of this article. Currently, the 30 teams in the MLB are based in each of the 17 states and the District of Columbia in the U.S. and one province in Canada. There are 15 teams in both leagues. Furthermore, the teams in each league are divided into three regions on the map, East, Central, and West, with five teams in each region.



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