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Current Champion:
Kansas City Royals
Commissioner:Rob Manfred
Most World Series:New York Yankees

2016 Home Team Advantage
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As the seasons change from winter into spring, baseball fans begin to daydream about the warming temperatures and watching their favorite Major League Baseball team on a beautiful sunny day. Those dreams turn into reality for millions of fans every year and 2016 won't be any different as all the top teams in baseball battle for a chance to take home a World Series title.

The Kansas City Royals enter this season as defending champs, with teams from both the American and National League looking to take away their crown. Teams like the Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox and Angels in the AL, and the Dodgers, Nationals and Cardinals in NL all believe they will be playing in the MLB postseason, but young up-and-coming teams like the White Sox, Cubs and Mariners won't be intimidated. Make sure you follow your teams closely this year by getting your MLB tickets today at TicketNetwork.

MLB History

Although the origins of professional baseball remain murky, Major League Baseball was officially founded in 1903 to govern the National League, which was founded in 1876, and the American League, which was created in 1901. The National League refused to recognize the American League when it was first created, but many players from the National League jumped to the American League because there was no salary cap, thus splitting top-level talent between the two leagues.

After two years of operating as completely separate entities, the two leagues formally accepted each other as equal partners in 1903. This agreement included a postseason championship between the two leagues known as the World Series.

Throughout the years, baseball has gone through many periods and transitions. Before 1920, baseball was in what has been coined as the dead-ball era, a time when hardly any homeruns were hit. In 1919, baseball overcame a conspiracy to fix the World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. MLB rose to new levels of popularity in the 1920s, and everyone was looking to buy MLB tickets. The league also survived the Great Depression and World War II, when many players were drafted into the military. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, and became the league’s first African American player.

Fast forward to today, and the American League and the National League have legally joined to form one league, which took place in 2000, and the number of MLB teams has almost doubled since 1903, with 30 teams currently in the league. Year after year, MLB has by far the highest total attendance rate of any sport in the world, with almost 74 million spectators in 2015.

Major League Baseball teams are categorized into one of six divisions: the AL East, AL Central, AL West, NL East, NL Central, or NL West. Each MLB team plays 162 games in a season and usually competes against an opponent for two, three, or four games in a row. Throughout the season, each time will play every other team in their respective league, and will also play and handful of series’ against out of league teams, which is known as interleague play.

MLB Playoffs

Once the regular season concludes, the teams that finish in first place in each division automatically earn a bid to play in the division series. Two wild card teams in each league also earn playoff berths, but must face off against each other in a single-elimination wild card game. The winner then moves on to the division series.

The division series is a best-of-five match up. The winners from each of the four league division series’ move onto the league championship series, which is a best of-seven-match up. The winners from the American League Championship Series and the National League Championship Series move on to the World Series, where one team from the American League and one team from the National League play a best-of-seven series. The winners are declared champions of baseball for the season.