Vintage Baseball vs. Modern Baseball
by: Gabriel Lindsey
Babe Ruth once said, “ Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” The world says that baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Though this may be true, the game has undergone many changes since its beginning in 1845. There are also many similarities between modern day baseball and vintage baseball.
There is an indefinite amount of changes that have taken place in the last 171 years of baseball. Many rules have been altered to make more sense to viewers and fans of the game. Some of these changes include: there used to be twelve teams and now there are thirty, there was a fifty- foot mound instead of a sixty- foot mound, and the first team to twenty-one wins instead of the team with the most points at the end of the ninth inning. As a pitcher, the two most important rule changes for me would be that nine balls were a walk instead of four and in 1901, foul balls were considered strikes. Even after the rules were calibrated, every player wants to do their absolute best and win.
There are also many similarities between vintage baseball and modern-day baseball. One of the similarities include that a team is only allowed 9 positions on the field at a time. This makes it easier for hitters to get on base. Another important rule that hasn’t changed over the years is that a team has to get three outs before they can change sides. This is one of the most important rules in baseball because it limits the other team from scoring a lot of runs in one inning. Outs are another major rule that has stayed the same. If a player catches a fly ball, it is an out. It has been that way since the 1800’s and has not been modified at all.
Even though the changes in baseball caused a lot of controversy, many people still enjoy the sport. Players adapt to these changes and have fun playing the game that they love. Changes are still occurring today and players and fans alike will just have to prepare for more to come. The game is still exciting, with either modified rules or unmodified rules.
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