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Baseball Tips for New Fans

Like any sport, baseball is confusing to watch if you have never played it yourself or you didn’t grow up watching it. Here are a few things you can do to learn more about the game.

1. Read about the basics. Here are a few sites you should visit to learn more about the game:
-1a. Online:
SportSpectator Fan’s Guide to Baseball: Our 10-minute guide to baseball basics.
Wikipedia Football Write-up: Good wiki community write-up on baseball.
-1b. Consider buying one or several of the following books:
Baseball for Dummies
Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Watch It Like a Pro
Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball

2. Watch televised games. Commentators' language and analysis makes the game much easier to follow and will help you pick up the lingo. Watching games live at the stadium is a slower learning process. The baseball season runs for most of the year. In the spring, summer, and fall, you can catch Major League Baseball (MLB) games on TV almost every day.

3. Pick a MLB team and follow it throughout a season. Games are much more fun to watch when you have “your team” and you know the players, records, etc. You don't have to watch every game; just stay up-to-date by following steps 4 and 5 below.

4. Watch a sports wrap-up show once a week. Show such as Sports Center (ESPN) or other shows on ESPN or Fox Sports are a great place to find general baseball information, learn the lingo, and keep up with “your” team.

5. Stay current on the games you watch and teams you follow. publishes previews before the game for MLB. also publishes pro previews. These previews describe match-up analysis. On either site, you can visit “your team’s” clubhouse to learn more about players, injuries, etc. Memorize a few statistics and work them into a conversation to impress your friends. Local newspapers will also provide good coverage of local teams (usually high school, college, and pro level).The magazine Sports Illustrated is also a good place to read about players, teams, etc.