Some of the countries where baseball is most popular are: England, Wales, Ireland, USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Iraq and Pakistan. Some of the best male club teams are:
- New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers (In USA and Canada). Alex Rodriguez is the top highest paid player, according to the latest statistics: $33 million. The contract with New York Yankees he signed in 2007 for 10 years - worth $275 million - established it as a new record in this field of operations.
- Yomiuri Giants, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and Saitama Seibu Lions (Japan)
- London Mets and Bracknell Blazers are the top teams in England
There are two major tournaments organized for baseball players: World Baseball Classic (WBC) and Baseball World Cup, which take place every four years, as of 2009 decision. The first was won by the Japanese team in the only two editions of this tournament. The prize money for WBC tournament is $14 million split among the teams that compete.
In Europe, for the countries category, national teams play in European Baseball Championship, organized every two years. Netherlands and Italy are considered as the top two teams. On the league level, some of the best teams are Bologna, Rimini and Amsterdam. The teams at this level participate in European Cup competition and the disputes take place every year.
Although this sport is most popular among men, don't be surprised to find out that Justine Siegal is the first female who coaches a professional team of men: Brockton Rox.In Melbourne, Australia, there is a program called Doncaster for enrolling women to play baseball and is geared to all ages.
It is quite a challenge to play baseball. It's a game that you'll enjoy both watching and playing once you visit a baseball stadium.