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Baseball is sure to be a fan favourite and a magnet for some of the greatest displays of national pride in 2015. The Pan Am Games have long been a springboard for future big leaguers, so this is an opportunity to see some rising stars as they compete in one of the top fan experience sports there is.

Canada will be looking to defend its historic gold medal in baseball from the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games. But competition will be stiff against the likes of the U.S. and Cuba. In fact, 11 of the top 20 men’s teams in the world come from Pan Am countries.

Canada is one of the top-ranked nations in the world in men’s baseball, but history will be made in Ajax as women take to the field for the first time ever at a multi-sport Games.


Baseball is believed to have its roots in early folk games of 15th century England. The modern game and its rules and regulations were invented in 1845 in New York.

How it works

One team has a pitcher, shortstop, fielders and a baseman at each of the bases — 1st, 2nd, 3rd and home. The opposing team sends a batter to home plate to hit the ball the pitcher has thrown. The pitcher’s objective is to strike the batter out with his overhand pitch. The batter’s objective is to hit the ball and run past each base and score.

Once the batter connects with the ball, he/she runs toward the bases, in order. It is up to the fielders and basemen to catch the ball and throw it to a base where the opposing player is headed in an attempt to tag the player “out.” Each time a player crosses home plate, a point is awarded.

Baseball games are comprised of nine innings, with three outs per inning. The team with the highest score over the nine innings is the winner.


Bases loaded
When there is a runner on 1st, 2nd and 3rd base.

The field of play.

Double play
When two players are tagged out within the same continuous play.

Grand slam
When the bases are loaded and the batter hits a home run, resulting in four points.

Home run
A hit that allows the batter to make a complete circuit of the bases without stopping and score a run.

When a pitcher throws three strikes to one batter, resulting in the batter’s return to the bench.

When a pitcher throws four balls to one batter, resulting in the batter walking to first base.

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