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The positions in baseball are primarily defensive. On the offensive side all the players become hitters when it's their turn at bat.
There are nine players on the defensive team and each has an important role in helping to get outs and to prevent the other team from scoring runs. The nine players are pitcher, catcher, first base, second base, shortstop, third base, right field, center field, and left field. Of these nine defensive baseball players, only two have locations that are defined by the rules. These are the pitcher and the catcher. The rest of the players can be located most anywhere on the field, however, there are typical locations and names for each position that have become standard over the years. Players will shift or move around depending on the batter, the pitcher's style, and the game situation.
The defensive baseball positions can be divided into three main categories: 1) the battery 2) infielders 3) outfielders.
The Baseball Battery
The pitcher and the catcher are the two baseball players that make up the battery.
The pitcher is located on the pitching mound in the center of the baseball infield. The pitcher throws or pitches the ball over or near home plate to the catcher. The batter stands in the batters box and tries to hit the baseball. Play starts with the pitcher. Pitchers are the most important player on the defense. All play starts with how well the pitcher can get the batter to miss the baseball. Pitchers try to throw strikes, but also try to throw the baseball where the batter cannot hit it. Pitchers typically have a certain style or type of pitch that they have mastered. Some pitchers try to overpower the batter with fast balls. Other pitchers throw baseballs that curve or drop as to make the batter swing at the baseball in the wrong place. Either way, good pitching is always the best defense. Pitchers also play defense around the mound when a baseball is hit.
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