Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball that a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball that a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objective of the offensive team (batting team) is to hit the ball into the field of play, allowing its players to run the bases, having them advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". Baseball evolved from older bat-and-ball games already being played in England by the mid-18th century. This game was brought by immigrants to North America, where the modern version developed. By the late 19th century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is popular in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Asia, particularly in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Getting involved in a game of baseball develops mental focus, concentration and refreshes the mind from everyday distractions. Baseball is the only sport that forces the team that is winning to continue to play out the game. It doesn't matter how much of a lead they have, the entire game is played. In basketball, the team could choose to dribble the ball until the clock runs out. Baseball requires that you finish what you start. The pace of baseball also allows for time to process and think, which can contribute to understanding what is going on in the game or also get lost in your own thoughts. Very few other sports or activities allow for this constellation of factors, making baseball uniquely suited to positive mental health. Playing baseball is a great full-body cardiovascular workout. Baseball strengthens the muscles of the heart, arms, and legs, and improves hand-eye coordination. Baseball athletes receive many physical and mental benefits while participating in the game. Baseball is the most challenging sport to do from a skill level. It is the only thing in sports where you can fail 70% of the time and still be considered one of the greatest to ever play the game. Hitting a major league level fastball is one of the hardest things any hitter will do. Baseball is a team sport and every player and team needs to be committed and passionate about the game. To succeed every team whether major league, minor league or local needs the following: A team spirit and commitment to the game. The team must work as a single unit and be devoted to the game.