Baseball is one of the most famous sports games across the world. Baseball is a bat and ball game that involves two teams which can be either playing batting or fielding part at once. Each team contains 9 players who are assigned different baseball positions and responsibilities, which are stated below.
Different Baseball Positions
A pitcher is the player who is assigned the responsibility to throw the baseball towards catcher from the pitcher’s mound (a small elevation where the pitcher stands). In order to start the game, the pitcher throws the baseball with the aim to retire a batter who is assigned the task to either face the pitched ball or make a walk through four bases, i.e. first, second, third and eventually home plate.
A Catcher is the player who is assigned a task to crouch behind home plate when a batter takes a turn to hit. Catcher’s position is in front of the home umpire and has responsibility to receive the baseball thrown by the pitcher in case if batter misses the shot. Simply, a catcher is similar to the wicket keeper in the cricket.
3. First Baseman
The first baseman is responsible for defending the fields near to first base, which is one of the four bases on the diamond that must be touched by a base-runner in order to make a run. First Base is also termed as 1B and is a major responsibility for the player.
4. Second Baseman
A fielding position between first and third base in the infield is known as the second baseman or 2B in terms of baseball and softball. Usually, the second baseman is supposed to possess fast feet and hands, and skills to get rid of the baseball as quick as possible. Also, the second baseman should be capable of making a double-play pivot.
5. Third Baseman
A third baseman or 3B player holds a responsibility to defend the field nearest to the third base, where the runner must touch successfully to score a run. Mostly, the third baseman is given number “5” in the scoring system that is used in order to record defensive plays.
Shortstop or SS is a baseball fielding position in between third and second base. This position is termed as one of the most necessary defensive as well as demanding positions. Generally, shortstops are defensive specialists, but a little poor batters, for that they bat later.
7. Left Fielder
An outfield player who defends the left farthest field is known as a left fielder. An outfield is one position of the three defensive positions in the baseball. The left field area is situated to the left of the player who stands at the home-plate in the direction towards the pitcher’s mound.
8. Center Fielder
A player in the outfield, who defends the center farthest field, is called as a center fielder. Center Fielder is abbreviated as CF. Generally; the center fielder is given the number “8” and holds a baseball position between Left and Right Fielder.
9. Right Fielder
An outfield player who defends the right farthest filed is known as a right fielder or RF. The right field area is situated on the right farthest side of the player, facing towards the pitcher’s mound and standing at the home-plate.
Above are the nine baseball positions featuring the introduction and responsibilities specified for each position and its role in the game.