Understanding Baseball

There are 9 fielding positions in baseball, and each position has a number assigned to identify it:

1 -Pitcher
2 -Catcher


3 -First Baseman
4 -Second Baseman
5 -Third Baseman
6 -Shortstop


7 -Left Fielder
8 -Center Fielder
9 -Right Fielder

Facts About Baseball Positions

Common quatities found in each position:

Pitcher: Often considered to be the most important defensive player. There are starting pitchers and relief pitchers.

The starting pitchers are the ones who typically start the game and play for most innings. Because they play longer, they always need rest after each match, for this reason,
there are usually between 4 to 6 starting pitchers per team.

The relief pitcher comes to play late in the game when the starting pitcher finishes. Many times more than one relief pitcher comes to play in the last innings of a match.

There are 5 types of relief pitchers:

  • Closer: very specialized position. They are usually very good at creating strikes, thus getting betters punched out at the end of the game
  • Setup Relief Pitcher: Typically comes to play right after the starting pitcher and before the closer.
  • Middle Relief Pitcher: Used to relief the starting pitcher when he needs to play fewer innings and is relieved by another relief pitcher.
  • Left-handed specialist: They throw left-handed and specialize in pitching to left-handed batters.
  • Long Reliever: Pitcher who enters the game in early innings when the starting pitcher must leave the game due to injury or any other unforeseen reason.

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