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Baseball Positions

Baseball Positions

There are lots of positions and roles on a baseball team. These positions vary based on whether a team is on offense or defense. There are also speciality positions that are only used during specific game situations. Each baseball team has a group of personnel responsible for coaching, training, and overall team health and function.

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List of Positions

  1. Pitcher: The pitcher stands on the pitcher's mound and throws pitches to the catcher standing at home plate. The batter attempts to hit those pitches.
  2. Catcher: Catchers are the hardest workers on the field. They have to squat for the entire time they are on defense and catch the pitcher's pitches.
  3. First Baseman: This position is right next to first base. Their job is to catch balls thrown to them by other infielders to get people out at first.
  4. Second Baseman: This player stands between first and second base. They field ground balls and cover second base on steal attempts.
  5. Third Baseman: This position is called the "hot corner" because they stand the closest to the batter. Third basemen cover third base and field ground balls.
  6. Shortstop: The shortstop is usually the captain of the infield. They stand between second and third base usually. They field ground balls, catch relays from the outfield and sometimes cover second base.
  7. Left Field: Left fielders stand in left field, in the outfield between second and third base. They catch fly balls and are the last line of defense.
  8. Center Field: They stand in the center and are the most important outfielder. They stand behind second base and catch fly balls and ground balls.
  9. Right Field: Usually the right fielder has the strongest arm in the outfield. They stand between first and second base usually, in the outfield.

Fielders

Baseball Fielder

There are nine defensive positions in baseball called fielders. These positions include the pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left fielder, right fielder, and center fielder.


Infielders

Baseball infielder

Infielders are the defensive players who stand in the infield, which is the dirt and grass area that contains home plate, the pitcher's mound, and the bases. The infielders are players who stand in the infield and are the basemen, shortstop, pitcher, and catcher.


Outfielders

Baseball outfielder

Outfielders are the defensive players who stand in the outfield, or the large grassy area that is farthest from home plate. The left fielder, right fielder, and center fielder are known as outfielders because they stand in the outfield. The outfield is made up of left field, right field, and center fielder. These players catch deep balls and must have strong throwing arms to throw to the infielders at base. The outfielders include the left fielder, right fielder, and center fielder.


Pitchers

baseball pitcher

The pitcher is the defensive player who stands on the pitcher's mound and delivers special throws, called pitches, to the batter, who then tries to hit the ball. For most of the game, he and the batter are at the center of the action. The pitcher throws the ball to the catcher in hopes of striking out a batter. This is called a pitch. The pitcher stands on the pitcher's mound and sometimes leaves the mound to help the first baseman field a ground ball. Types of pitchers include starters, closers, and relief pitchers.


Batters

Baseball batter

When a team is on offense they are at-bat. The batter stands at home-plate and swings at pitches thrown by the pitcher. There are lots of types of batters including cleanup hitters, designated hitters, leadoff hitters, and pinch hitters.


Positions FAQ

What are the positions in baseball?

The basic positions in baseball are the batters, pitchers, catchers, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left fielder, right fielder, and center fielder.

What are the rules for positions?

In baseball, teams must have a pitcher and catcher who stand on the pitcher's mound and catcher's box respectively. Although not required, it is highly recommended that baseball teams follow the normal convention for player positions. There are no specific rules for outfielders on where they must stand on the field. As long as a fielder is standing in fair territory, they can position themselves anywhere on the field.



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