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Are BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL really different? #LIMA2019KNOWITALL

We know that you know, but little knowledge never hurts anyone. Today in #LIMA2019KNOWITALL become an expert and discover all about Baseball and Softball.

Renato Trillo Author: Renato Trillo
Lima February 28, 2019

As in our first #Lima2019KnowItAll (Racquetball VS Squash), there are some obvious similarities in these sports, such as the ball, bat, court and mainly the rules. Let's consider all these aspects because they are related to their differences.

Ready?

Like a game…

The origins of baseball are uncertain (people say it dates back to ancient Egypt), but softball has an exact origin in 1889 in Chicago when a group of friends hit a boxing glove with a post and drew in the court a diamond smaller than the original.

Egiptian glyph representing a baseball player Harvard and Yale students invent softball in 1889

Balls…

Baseball balls are harder and smaller, but quite bigger than tennis balls. Softballs may have 30 cm of circumference and lower density.

Baseball ball Softball ball

Bats…

Baseball bats have conical shape and are heavier than softball bats. Currently, both wood and aluminum bats are used. Softball bats have a lower balance point. Therefore, they have bottle shape

Baseball bat Softball bat

Was it ball or strike?

The throw is one of the most important difference. In baseball, the pitcher may throw at different heights from a mound between the pitcher's knee and shoulder or even towards the bases. In softball, it has to be hit under the pitcher's shoulder and batter's hip.

Baseball pitcher Softball pitcher

The curt…

In this case, there is no great difference. Both are played in diamonds with a pitcher's area (home), three bases and two fields (infield and outfield). Baseball's courts are larger than softball courts.


Comparison between baseball and softball fields

Clear rules…

This is probably the category with more differences. In both games, innings should be completed, in softball there are only seven innings and not nine. Additionally, in baseball, pitchers and catchers can throw to bases; in softball, only catchers can throw to bases. Thus, games are much shorter (Softball - 1:30h vs. Baseball - 3h).

Stealing base in baseball Stealing base in softball

These subtle differences make great changes and create two different sports with loyal fans.

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