Baseball: "America's pastime" played all over the world
Although baseball is often regarded as the most American of sports, it in fact has professional leagues all over the world, including Japan, Korea and here in Australia. Baseball seasons have many games, for example, in MLB each team will play 162 games before the end of the regular season. Each match day involves rotations of a large squad of players (especially the pitchers) and that represents an opportunity for those who like to bet on baseball online to strategise with their bets, as they can pick on the team's pitching prospects for the game, rather than the season as a whole.
MLB: Welcome to the Big Leagues
The MLB – North America's top baseball league – is clearly the biggest draw in world baseball. For decades it has been rolling out players whose names have reached legendary status: Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez...the list goes on. MLB is split into two leagues, the National and American League, each with three mini divisions based on geographical considerations. The two leagues have slightly different rules, but the best two teams from each league play each other in the World Series at the end of the season. The Kansas City Royals are the current champions, having won their 1st World Series in nearly 30 years against the New York Mets in November. Both the Mets and the Royals will fancy themselves to return to the World Series, but savvy acquisitions in the off season by the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs should see them top the pile when it comes to 2016 baseball betting odds.
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One Aussie making waves in MLB is Liam Hendricks, the pitcher starred for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2015 Post Season (Finals), even breaking a long standing record for more outs than batters faced. If you want to catch some baseball closer to home you can tune in to the ABL (Australian Basketball League) to see the likes of the Brisbane Bandits (champions) take on Perth Heat. There is also the hope of resurrecting the Asian Series, an international club competition featuring the best teams from China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Europe and Taiwan. It hasn't been held over the last two seasons due to scheduling issues, but a revived format could bring professional baseball to new heights outside America. Top baseball odds for 2016 are available online now, including outright World Series betting and odds for regular season game.