How many people like to play baseball in the world?

In the USA more than 40 million people play some form of baseball. This takes into account all ages and gender. Mens slow pitch softball accounts for up to 18 milliion players participating in some league each year. These numbers make baseball/softball the #1 played in US. compared to basketball at 38million and soccer at 18 million. Worldwide soccer is the number 1 played sport. This is due to the simple fact its and easy game to play and requires little equipment. In countries like Japan, So Korea, Dominican, Venezuela baseball is top played sport. Manufactures of baseball equipment (Akadema, Rawlings, Wilson, Mizuno) are seeing larger sales