Essay about Japanese Baseball: Nippon Professional Baseball

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Baseball has homegrown roots here in America. Starting in 1839 it instantly became a phenomenon that still captures American hearts and attention spans today. The Japanese created their own league called the Nippon Professional Baseball in 1920. Though they borrowed the idea and sport, there are key differences in how the game is played on the tiny island nation. In true Japanese fashion, they took an idea making innovations and improvements to create something resembling the past but yet having differences to stand on its own.
The Nippon league and the Major League Baseball (MLB) possess similarities in regard to rules. Both countries along with countless other nations wear uniforms that all parallel one another. The physical game is still played on a baseball diamond within nine innings under the bright, powerful lights. It is still very much a business both here in America and in Japan. However, the Nippon league uses a smaller, tightly wound baseball harder than the American ball. The strike zone is narrower and farther away the batter. The playing field or margins are a lot smaller than American fields. Many Nippon league teams have fields that small dimensions would violate American standards. A team can only have a certain number of foreign players on a Japanese team. The Japanese teams play for ties versus the MLB who continue to play until there is a victor. The games have a time limit. No game can go longer than three hours and twenty minutes. Teams are named…