What Countries Play Baseball 2022

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United States

Baseball was developed in the United States and continues to be one of the most popular sports. There are several levels of baseball, ranging from the major leagues, minor leagues, youth athletics, and college-level baseball. The Major League Baseball organization runs professional sports, and the teams are split into either the National League or the American League. In total, there are 30 professional baseball teams in the MLB (with one being a Canadian team). They play a season that consists of 162 games.

Canada

While baseball has always been tremendously popular in Canada, with the first Canadian baseball game taking place in 1838, much of the play has been centered on North American sport. Canada today has one baseball team in the MLB that regularly plays against teams from the United States. In the past, several Canadian teams played in the MLB when the Canadian league merged with the MLB in 1969. The Toronto Blue Jays have won two World Series titles.

Cuba

Baseball was first brought to Cuba by American soldiers. Today, the most popular sport in Cuba is baseball, and there were several leagues throughout the country until the professional sport was abolished in 1961. Today, Cuba is the site of loads of baseball talent, and many scouts will visit Cuba to recruit new players for their professional teams.

Dominican Republic

Cuban planters brought baseball to the Dominican Republic in the 1870s, and the sport has remained a popular pastime ever since. Professional baseball kicked off in 1951, and several professional teams exist within the Dominican Republic. Many professional players in the MLB are from the Dominican Republic. Despite the popularity within the country, the national Dominican Republic Team never does well in international competition.

Puerto Rico

Baseball started in Puerto Rico in 1896 when a group of men decided to start a small league. Some of the men who founded the league were Cuban and already understood the rules of the game. In 1898, Puerto Rico had its first official game. Unfortunately, with the Spanish-American War in 1899, all official baseball play stopped.

Japan

Baseball was first introduced in Japan in the 1800s, but the first professional teams weren't established until 1920. Today, baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan, and the league contains 12 different baseball teams. Japan also has plenty of baseball success on the world stage, winning two different Olympic medals. They have also won the World Baseball tournament defeating South Korea. Several Japanese baseball players play in the United States.

South Korea

Christian missionaries first brought baseball to South Korea in the 1800s, and the first national teams were formed in the 1920s. Today, baseball remains a popular sport, and South Korea participates in several World Championship competitions. Many popular and successful baseball players from South Korea now play for international teams, including teams in the MLB. South Korea has several Olympic medals, including one gold medal.

What Countries Play Baseball 2022

Country 2022 Population
China1,425,887,337
India1,417,173,173
United States338,289,857
Indonesia275,501,339
Pakistan235,824,862
Brazil215,313,498
Russia144,713,314
Mexico127,504,125
Japan123,951,692
Philippines115,559,009
Vietnam98,186,856
Germany83,369,843
Thailand71,697,030
United Kingdom67,508,936
France64,626,628
South Africa59,893,885
Italy59,037,474
Colombia51,874,024
South Korea51,815,810
Spain47,558,630
Argentina45,510,318
Iraq44,496,122
Afghanistan41,128,771
Poland39,857,145
Canada38,454,327
Saudi Arabia36,408,820
Peru34,049,588
Malaysia33,938,221
Venezuela28,301,696
Australia26,177,413
Taiwan23,893,394
Sri Lanka21,832,143
Romania19,659,267
Chile19,603,733
Ecuador18,001,000
Guatemala17,843,908
Netherlands17,564,014
Tunisia12,356,117
Belgium11,655,930
Dominican Republic11,228,821
Cuba11,212,191
Sweden10,549,347
Czech Republic10,493,986
Honduras10,432,860
Greece10,384,971
Portugal10,270,865
Hungary9,967,308
United Arab Emirates9,441,129
Israel9,038,309
Austria8,939,617
Switzerland8,740,472
Hong Kong7,488,865
Nicaragua6,948,392
Bulgaria6,781,953
El Salvador6,336,392
Singapore5,975,689
Denmark5,882,261
Slovakia5,643,453
Finland5,540,745
Lebanon5,489,739
Norway5,434,319
New Zealand5,185,288
Costa Rica5,180,829
Ireland5,023,109
Panama4,408,581
Kuwait4,268,873
Croatia4,030,358
Puerto Rico3,252,407
Bosnia And Herzegovina3,233,526
Jamaica2,827,377
Lithuania2,750,055
Slovenia2,119,844
Latvia1,850,651
Trinidad And Tobago1,531,044
Estonia1,326,062

What Countries Play Baseball 2022