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There are 9 fielding positions in baseball. Each position conventionally has an associated number (from 1 to 9) which is used to score putouts. For example:

  • If the third baseman fields a ball and throws it to first, it is recorded as a 5-3 out.
  • A double play where the second baseman fields, throws to the shortstop at second base, who throws to the first baseman is recorded as a 4-6-3 double play.

The fielding positions in baseball are the basis for the famous comedy routine Who's On First?, created by the team of Abbott and Costello.


Fielding positions



See Battery (baseball)


A first baseman takes a throw from the third baseman (running in background) in an effort to have the runner called "out".
See: Infielder


See: Outfielder

Other roles

Other team personnel

See also


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