Pitcher is the most difficult position to play in baseball. Not only does the pitcher have the most important job on the field, which is to get batters out and prevent runs from scoring, but he also has to deal with the immense pressure that accompanies being on the mound.
Each position conventionally has an associated number, 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).
Based on statistics and the position’s active involvement in the game, it’s believed that right field is the easiest baseball position to play. This is the case because of the number of balls hit to right field compared to other positions on the field.
Still, the general consensus among baseball experts is that playing the right field is generally harder. The ball coming off the bat to the left field is commonly more predictable and has less of a spin to it. Most batters are righties and they rarely send balls of sliced pitches to the left field.
Along with the Center Fielder, the Left Fielder will probably see the most action in the outfield and consequently should be adequate at catching fly balls. Furthermore, a lot of balls that make it past the infield will bounce along to the Left Fielder.
All outfielders have the ability to call off all infielders. The shortstop has the ability to call off all other infielders but not outfielders. If he is moving back into the outfield then he has to give up priority to the outfielder coming in on the ball.
Players on the defense are called fielders. They have a glove, which they wear on the non-dominant hand. Their dominant hand is used for throwing the ball.
This is often considered to be, alongside the left field, the least important position in baseball.
Of all outfield positions, the right fielder often has the strongest arm, because they are the farthest from third base.
Hands down the most important position in baseball is the pitcher.
The second most important position on the team is the other part of the starting battery – the catcher.
First base is next on the list.
The next position on our list is the third baseman.
The shortstop is the next position on our list.
Corner outfielders and hitting first basemen are a dime a dozen. Nobody will argue that the DH is the most important position on the field. Good center fielders, middle infielders and third baseman are even easier to find than a good catcher.
If you have a group of players who you think are outfielders, the best one should be placed in center field. This is a player that is very fast and has a good arm. They’ll be responsible for backing up balls hit to left and right field, so they’ll need to get over there quickly.
In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum.
Of all outfielders, the left fielder often will have the weakest arm, as he generally does not need to throw the ball as far to prevent the advance of any baserunners.
The most important characteristic for a left fielder to focus on for defense is being smart. A left fielder is constantly challenged with situational plays that can have a huge impact on the game. Take, for instance, if a runner is on first base, and a ball is hit down the line.
Being good at tracking and catching the ball is essential, but outfielders must know their arm strength, how to throw on a line and (most importantly) where to throw the ball. Quickly hitting the cutoff man is as valuable a skill as being able to throw the ball all the way to the base.
Lefties are ideal for first base because with their glove on their right hand, it makes it easy for them to turn to the base with their glove facing the field. Right-handed first basemen have to take a few extra steps to turn their bodies, which is a disadvantage for them compared to lefties.
Definition. A fielder is credited with a putout when he is the fielder who physically records the act of completing an out – whether it be by stepping on the base for a forceout, tagging a runner, catching a batted ball, or catching a third strike.
In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the third baseman is assigned the number 5. The third baseman requires good reflexes in reacting to batted balls, as they are often the closest infielder (roughly 90-120 feet) to the batter.