Fielding (baseball)


Baseball is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns Batting (baseball), batting and fielding. Within the game there are positions in which each participating player can play in. There are nine fielding positions in baseball. Each position conventionally has an associated number, baseball scorekeeping, for use in scorekeeping by the official scorer: 1 (pitcher), 2 (catcher), 3 (first baseman), 4 (second baseman), 5 (third baseman), 6 (shortstop), 7 (left fielder) 8 (center fielder), and 9 (right fielder). Collectively, these positions are usually grouped into three groups: the outfield (left field, center field, and right field), the infield (first base, second base, third base, and shortstop), and the Battery (baseball), battery (pitcher and catcher). Traditionally, players within each group will often be more able to exchange positions easily (that is, a second baseman can usually play shortstop well, and a center fielder can also be expected to play right field); however, the pitcher and catcher are highly specialized positions and rarely will players at other positions play there.

Other roles

*Designated hitter *Pinch hitter *Pinch runner *Utility infielder *Utility player#Baseball, Utility players *Starting pitcher *Relief pitcher *Left-handed specialist *Long reliever *Middle relief pitcher, Middle reliever *setup pitcher, Setup pitcher (setup man) *closer (baseball), Closer

Other team personnel

*Manager (baseball), Manager *Coach (baseball), Coaches *Athletic trainer, Athletic Trainer *Equipment manager *General manager (baseball), General manager *Batboy *Ball boy, Ball boy/girl *Team physician

See also

*Infield shift *Ace (baseball) *Starting lineup *Injury list *Mascot#Sports mascots, Mascot *Official scorer *Umpire (baseball), Umpire *Baseball awards *Baseball clothing and equipment *List of baseball jargon *Baseball scorekeeping *Baseball statistics


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