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Major League Baseball

Updated on November 25, 2012

It's Time For Some Baseball

With spring in the air that can only mean one thing...It is time for some BASEBALL! There is no better sound than the cracking of a bat after a great hit and the smell of ballpark food. Oh, the ballpark food.

Major League Baseball's opening day is finally here! If you were not able to actually go to the ballpark to watch an opening day game, you will want to be sure not to miss one this season. After all, you still have 161 more regular season games you can catch this year.

The start of baseball means that spring is here and summer is not far behind. Get out to the ballpark this season and support your favorite player or team or just go out and enjoy some sun, fresh air, and great food.

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Baseball has long been known as "America's Pastime." Even though MLB does have several teams based in Canada, this was not the case until in 1969. Baseball of course is played in many other countries around the world, but there is just about nothing more American than baseball.

The first major league baseball league was said to have been formed in 1863. The league was known as the National Association of Base Ball Players and consisted of 16 teams.

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The American League was formed in 1893. The American League ls currently made up of 3 divisions, the American League East, Central, and West. The divisions are broken down as follows...

American League East

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Blue Jays

American League Central

Chicago White Sox

Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers

Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

American League West

Houston Astros

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

Texas Rangers

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The National League was formed in 1876. The National League is currently broken up into 3 divisions, the National League East, Central, and West. The teams that make-up those divisions are as follows...

National League East

Atlanta Braves

Miami Marlins

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals

National League Central

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Houston Astros

Milwaukee Brewers

Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

Test Your Baseball Knowledge Answers

The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2011, beating the Texas Rangers in Game 7.

The New York Yankees have won the most World Series as a team with 22. This total also includes titles won under their previous name, the Highlanders. The next closest team is the St. Louis Cardinals with 11.

Barry Bonds is the current all-time home run leader with 762. Alex Rodriguez is the closest active player to Bonds with 731 career home runs and Ken Griffey Jr. is just one behind him with 730.

Connie Mack holds the record for most wins as a manager with 3,731 wins. Mack holds the record by just under 1,000 wins over John McGraw.

Yogi Berra has won the most World Series rings as a player with 10. Joe DiMaggio is 2nd all-time with 9.

References:

Wikipedia - World Series

Baseball-reference.com - Home Runs

Wikipedia - Baseball Managers

Baseball-Reference.com - Most Wins

Who is Your Favorite Baseball Team?

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Go Yankees

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      orioles. love them

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by to thank you for featuring my Perfect Game Pitchers baseball lens here. Sure is terrific to have baseball back and fun to see there has already been a Perfect Game pitched in the 2012 season!

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      virtualboy 5 years ago

      yankees

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      duecey22 5 years ago

      I stick by my boys NY Mets. Caught a foul ball my first game been hooked ever since

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Growing up on the Jersey shore, I remember watching the Yankee games on an old black & white TV. From the days of Mantle to Munson and Jeter, I still enjoy following the Yankees.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The St. Louis Cardinals! #2 is the New York Yankees. I LOVE baseball and am very happy it is once again April and the beginning of the Baseball Season.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Hall of Famer Hank Aaron as 755 lifetime home runs...this was before steroids!