MLB now has 30 clubs spread throughout the American and National Leagues. In addition to the main leagues, numerous cities and towns in North America have minor league clubs. These teams provide an opportunity for young players to advance their careers and make more money. A minor leaguer can often be drafted by a major league club but may or may not sign with one of them. In fact, most minor leaguers don't ever sign with a major league team.
There is also a role called "personal trainer" that is played by non-players who work with major league players on their fitness and strength training. Personal trainers are usually former major league players themselves who receive assistance from coaches in performing their duties.
The MLB season consists of about six months of regular play followed by another six months of post-season action. The regular season begins after the conclusion of spring training which is held throughout February and March. There are several different types of games that are played during the course of a season. They include: opening day, closing day, weekday games, weekend games, and postseason games.
Opening Day is the first game of the season and it always kicks off a new campaign for each team. It is played under the official name "Citizens Bank Park".
Main League Baseball (MLB) is an American professional baseball organization and the oldest of the United States and Canada's major professional sports organizations. Major League Baseball has 30 teams: 15 in the National League (NL) and 15 in the American League (AL). The two leagues are separated by gender; there are no mixed-league teams. Each team plays a home game at a single city ballpark, with all NL games played in North America and most of the AL games played in the Americas or Europe. Teams from different leagues may meet in interleague play matches.
The MLB season runs from early April to late October or November. Each team plays approximately 66 games during the regular season. The postseason consists of the World Series, which is currently being played between the Red Sox and Cubs, and the League Championship Series, which will determine who will face the Chicago White Sox in the World Series. If the same team wins its division and qualifies for the playoffs, it receives the number one seed; if not, then the second seed is given to that team.
Each team is owned by a large corporation which also sponsors them. The largest owner is the Walt Disney Company, which owns four NL teams and three AL teams. The New York Yankees have been popular among fans for many years now, and they also have the highest average attendance of any team in the MLB.
Structure of the organization The Major League Baseball Constitution governs the MLB. Since its inception in 1876, this document has gone through various iterations. MLB recruits and maintains the sport's umpiring crews and negotiates marketing, labor, and broadcast contracts under the authority of the Commissioner of Baseball.
MLB consists of 30 clubs. They are split equally between the American and National Leagues. The American League has 15 clubs, whereas the National League also has 15. Each league is divided into three divisions known as the East, Central, and West.
This is a list of Major League Baseball's American League teams in plain text. They are listed alphabetically by city name, then by mascot name. In the following sections, each team in the American League will be listed by division.
The MLB has 30 clubs separated into two leagues: American and National. Each league has three divisions: East, Central, and West. Each division has had five clubs since the 2013 season. Teams who are tied at the end of the regular season may play additional game to determine which team (s) will advance to the playoffs. The World Series is played between the winners of the American and National Leagues.
Each club plays on a home-and-away basis against other teams in their division four times and once against each club in the other division. At the end of the season, the club with the most wins becomes the division champion. If the winner does not have a clear lead after completing their division schedule, a one-game playoff is held to determine the champion (this occurred this past season when Tampa Bay won its division by one game over New York but was then defeated by Seattle in the one-game playoff).
The club with the fewest losses is declared the winner of the league championship series. If the two clubs remain tied after their division series have been completed, a one-game playoff is held to determine the champion.
The winner of the division series advances to the league championship series. If the two clubs remain tied after they have both completed their division series, a one-game playoff is held to determine the champion.
The winner of the league championship series advances to the World Series against another club from within its own league.