How Baseball Innings Work

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Learn how baseball innings work, including that there are nine innings in a standard baseball game, each of which includes a turn at offense and defense for both teams, with expert tips and advice on baseball rules and basics in this free online baseball video clip.

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Video Transcript

Now let's talk about the structure of the game of baseball. Baseball is unique among American sports in that it doesn't have a time limit. The game is instead divided into 9 innings. Each inning is divided into a half, a home half, and a visitor's half. The visitors will bat first while the home team is on the field. Once they've recorded 3 outs, then the home team will come into the dugout and come up to bat while the visiting team takes the field. You will hear this referred as the top and bottom of an inning. The top half is the visitor's half. The bottom belongs to the home team. The game of baseball can either be 9 full innings for a regulation game, or it can be 8 1/2 innings. If you get to the bottom of the 9th inning and the home team has a lead, there's no need for them to come back up to bat. Therefore, the game is over after the top half after 3 outs have been recorded. Sometimes you'll go into extra innings. If the score is tied after 9 innings, you can go 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 innings. As long as it takes for the game to be over until one team has bested the other team. The game will not end until both teams have had the opportunity to come up to bat in the 9 or extra innings. The home team always has the lost opportunity to score. That's a basic overview of the innings.


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