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Playing Hardball

Consider the following: Baseball is the only team sport where the defense has control of the ball. The side currently in offense does not handle the ball as they would in any other sport. A player does not score in baseball by bringing the ball to the finish line or passing it through a goal, but by trying to beat the ball to a goal. This sets it apart from games like basketball, soccer, football, and many others, and adds an interesting complexity. For me, the internal mechanics of baseball are the most interesting, similar to the work that a business does to set up a Business Continuity Plan.

Situational awareness in the game relies on a player reading signs and signals from other players, both on their own team and on the opposing team. A player might need to decipher the intent of the opposing player on 2nd base, and then relay back to the batter what the next pitch may be. A player might also need to relay signs on what the next pitch is from the middle infielders to the outfielders, so that they know where to position themselves or in what direction to take their first step.

My passion for baseball comes from a love of the strategy involved. The same type of strategy that makes a chess game so intriguing to watch also makes baseball continually exciting. You should know your opponent, their tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses, and then capitalize on that knowledge with the proper timing, all while continually learning from mistakes and honing your strategies for the next opponent.