MLB.com is the official website of Major League Baseball, and it has an article titled “How to Pick an MLB Team” that is supposed to help people who are just starting to watch baseball choose a team. The article gives a few points of advice, which I paraphrase:
– Pick a team that has some interesting players.
– Pick a team that isn’t your parents’ team, because you don’t want to be like your parents.
– Pick a team that’s geographically close enough for you to see them play sometimes, because it’s more fun that way.
– Pick a team that’s not popular in your area, because if you pick the popular team you will be mocked by other fans.
All of this advice is wrong.
If you’re just starting to get into baseball, it can be daunting. There are 30 teams, each with about 25 players, and a game is on almost every night for 6 months. Where do you begin?
First of all, don’t worry about picking a team and sticking with them. I mean, you can if you want to; it’s not like there’s some kind of penalty for rooting for multiple teams, or no team at all. But if you’re new to the game, I think it’s best to just watch a few games and see what you like. If you’re a fan of one sport or another already, maybe pick the best player or two from your favorite sport and start by watching their team play. Or maybe pick a team that plays in your area or is near where you live now; they probably have the most local coverage in newspapers and TV.
There are a few reasons why I recommend this approach:
Baseball is a fantastic sport, with something to offer everyone. It’s exciting and relaxing, intricate and simple. And it’s not nearly as complex as football or basketball.
If you’re new to baseball and looking for a team to follow, this guide will tell you how to choose one.
Look for a team that’s geographically close to you. If you live in the Northeast then the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Orioles, Phillies, Blue Jays or Pirates might be good choices. If you live in the Midwest then the Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers or Indians might be good choices. If you live in the South then the Braves, Marlins, Reds or Astros might be good choices. If you live in the West then the Dodgers, Angels, Giants or Rockies might be good choices.
If you really like a specific player or players on one team that could tip your decision towards them – if they’re a free agent they won’t always be there though!
If there are two teams near you it might help to look at their records over time to see which one has performed better historically – but don’t take that stat too seriously! Some years are better than others and it can vary greatly from year
I am a fan of Major League Baseball, but I also have some experience in being a fan of sports. For me, I have been a fan of teams for about half my life and not for the other half. This is because I was raised in New York and then moved to Tampa Bay. In New York, there were so many options to be a fan of even though the Mets are awful. But in Tampa Bay, I did not really have another option to be a fan of, so I did not become a sports fan.
Now that I am an adult, I can choose what teams I want to root for and it is more fun that way. With this guide, you too can pick your own favorite MLB team. There are essentially two ways to choose your team on how you want to follow baseball: local teams or specific players.
The first step is to choose a region. This is your home base for the rest of your life, so make sure you’re comfortable with it.
The second step is to find a team that has no particular barriers to entry. Don’t pick a team that’s just won the World Series – this means you’ll have to tolerate fans who are irritatingly confident and know their baseball trivia. Also avoid perennial doormats – if you like rooting for the underdog, then there’s nothing wrong with choosing one of these teams; otherwise, what will you do when your team inevitably disappoints? If you can’t decide between multiple teams in the same region, see the Appendix for some extra tips on how to choose.
The third step is to learn about the sport. If you’re new to baseball or are unfamiliar with its rules, be sure to check out our guide on how to watch MLB games!
Picking a baseball team to follow can be tough. There are 30 teams, and you want to pick one that will be fun to follow year after year.
I am not going to try to tell you how to pick a team. Rather, I will list some of the more popular methods people use, and you can choose which one sounds best to you.
Some people pick a team based on their hometown. If you live in Atlanta, for example, you might choose the Atlanta Braves as your team. If you live in Philadelphia, you might choose the Philadelphia Phillies. The advantage of this method is that it is easy; the disadvantage is that it doesn’t take into account whether or not your hometown is actually interesting. What if there isn’t a team near where you live? Or what if everyone else near where you live already follows them? Also, this method doesn’t take into account the fact that many people who follow baseball do not live in the same city as their favorite team.
Some people pick a team based on geography; they decide they like the National League better than the American League (or vice versa), or they like teams from cities on coastlines (or from flyover country). Some people pick a team based on its ballpark (e.g
In an effort to help those of you who might be new to baseball, or the MLB.TV service, I thought it would be a good idea to give some advice on how to choose a team to root for.
First, I should say that the choice is not easy. There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball (MLB), 29 of which are in the United States and one in Canada. Each team plays 162 games during the regular season, half of which are at home and half on the road. Although each team has its own home field, there is no such thing as “home-field advantage” since half your games are played away from home.
One way to choose a team is by geographic proximity. If you live in New York City, for example, you could root for the New York Mets or New York Yankees. However, geography is often not enough of a reason to choose one team over another since there are usually several teams within driving distance of any given location. You might want to consider other factors as well.