In the 1860s, aided by soldiers playing the game in camp during the Civil War, "New York"-style baseball expanded into a national game and spawned baseball's first governing body, The National Association of Base Ball Players. The NABBP existed as an amateur league for 12 years. By 1867, more than 400 clubs were members. Most of the strongest clubs remained those based in the northeastern U.S. For professional baseball's founding year, MLB uses the year 1869—when the first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was established.
A schism developed between professional and amateur ballplayers after the founding of the Cincinnati club. The NABBP split into an amateur organization and a professional organization. The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, often known as the National Association (NA), was formed in 1871. Its amateur counterpart disappeared after only a few years. The modern Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves franchises trace their histories back to the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in the 1870s.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, and the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. 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 had been teams in the past that paid some players, and some that had paid all players but under the table.) The first few decades of professional baseball were characterized by rivalries between leagues and by players who often jumped from one team or league to another. The period before 1920 in baseball was known as the dead-ball era; players rarely hit home runs during this time. Baseball survived a conspiracy to fix the 1919 World Series, which came to be known as the Black Sox Scandal. The sport rose in popularity in the 1920s, and survived potential 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 began to change the game in the 1970s and 1980s. Home runs dominated the game during the 1990s, and media reports began to discuss the use of anabolic steroids among Major League players in the mid-2000s. In 2006, an investigation produced the Mitchell Report, which implicated many players in the use of performance-enhancing substances, including at least one player from each team.
Today, MLB is composed of 30 teams: 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada. Teams play 162 games each season 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 champions that dates to 1903. Baseball broadcasts are aired on television, radio, and the Internet throughout North America and in several other countries throughout the world. MLB has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world with more than 69.6 million spectators in 2018.
The 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft will take place in June 2020. The draft will assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The draft order will be set based on the reverse order of the 2019 MLB season standings. In addition, compensation picks will be distributed for players who did not sign from the 2019 MLB Draft and for teams who lose qualifying free agents. The first day of the draft will be broadcast by MLB Network from their studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The remaining two days of the draft will be streamed on MLB.com.
MLB 2021 Season Preview
The 2021 Major League Baseball season is planned to begin on April 1 and end on October 3. The 91st All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on July 13 at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The World Series is scheduled to begin on October 26 and a potential Game 7 is scheduled for November 3. The entire schedule was released on July 9, 2020.
The schedule is planned to return to a full 162-game format. The interleague play matchups will be the same from the revised 2020 schedule and will be AL East vs NL East, AL Central Vs NL Central, and AL West vs NL West.
Major League Baseball on Thursday announced its master 2021 Major League regular season schedule, which will begin with all 30 Major League Clubs playing on Thursday, April 1. The 2021 season will mark the fourth consecutive season in which all 30 Clubs are scheduled to play on traditional Opening Day (including 2020’s original regular-season schedule), and Opening Day of the 2021 campaign could also become the first season since 1968 in which every team across the Majors plays their first game of the season on the same day.
Opening Day will feature 10 divisional match-ups among the 15 games in addition to three Interleague contests, featuring the Tampa Bay Rays at the Miami Marlins, the Minnesota Twins visiting the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Francisco Giants at the Seattle Mariners. Six games are scheduled for Friday, April 2nd, a full slate of 15 games will be played on Saturday, April 3rd, and Sunday April 4th will include 13 contests.
Interleague Play throughout the season will feature the AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West. The New York Mets will host the New York Yankees at Citi Field from September 10th-12th, marking the first time the New York franchises will play each other on September 11th as MLB observes its 20th anniversary. The two teams will also square off earlier in the season at Yankee Stadium during Fourth of July weekend.
In addition, other highlights of the 2021 schedule include:
• The Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their home schedule with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals from April 9-11, a rematch of their five-game National League Division Series in 2019.
• The Atlanta Braves will host the St. Louis Cardinals for four games across Father’s Day weekend from June 17-20, a rematch of their five-game National League Division Series in 2019.
• The 91st All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13 at Truist Park in Atlanta, the ballpark’s first Midsummer Classic and the first to be played in Atlanta since 2000 at Turner Field.
• The final day of the 2021 regular season on Sunday, Oct. 3, featuring 12 divisional games.
|East Division||Central Division||West Division|
|Baltimore Orioles||Chicago White Sox||L.A. Angels of Anaheim|
|New York Yankees||Cleveland Indians||Seattle Mariners|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Detroit Tigers||Oakland Athletics|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Kansas City Royals||Texas Rangers|
|Boston Red Sox||Minnesota Twins|
|East Division||Central Division||West Division|
|Atlanta Braves||Chicago Cubs||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Florida Marlins||Cincinnati Reds||San Francisco Giants|
|New York Mets||Houston Astros||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Philadelphia Phillies||St. Louis Cardinals||San Diego Padres|
|Washington Nationals||Milwaukee Brewers||Colorado Rockies|
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