Baseball is considered by many to be America’s national pastime. If you’re new to the game, you might be wondering what the easiest position to play in baseball would be. Though it depends on the playing style of the team and each individual player, some positions are generally considered easier than others. If you’re just starting out, here are some tips to help you find your easy position in baseball!
Why second base is easy
Second base might seem like a challenging baseball position, but when you look at it closely, you’ll see that it’s quite easy. There are only three basic fielding positions on second base: 1) covering second base while your teammate makes a turn; 2) covering second while a runner comes toward you; and 3) covering second while another runner goes into or out of scoring position. While first base requires more effort—you cover first both when there are balls and when there aren’t—second base doesn’t require much thought.
Why shortstop is easy
Over time, shortstop has become a more dynamic and demanding position, but it’s also become easier. A shortstop’s primary responsibility on defense is to field balls hit near him. This means that he doesn’t have much territory to cover and only needs to chase down balls hit right at him or his teammates. For example, when playing center field, an outfielder needs to cover huge territory and often ends up chasing down ball after ball that isn’t anywhere near his immediate vicinity—it can be exhausting work! In contrast, shortstops are freer than ever before; they needn’t sprint as far for ground balls and are less likely to get caught out of position by charging too aggressively.
Why third base is easy
The third baseman never has to make a throw over 20 feet, so it’s an easier position than those up close. Third base plays are often quick and shallow, and that makes it easier than most other positions. This is why you don’t see many Gold Glove award winners on third base, because they don’t have as much action compared to their peers elsewhere on the field. It may not be one of baseball’s most important positions, but sometimes it sure seems like it!
Why center field is easy
You have a long time before you have to catch a ball and, unlike with some of baseball’s other positions, most balls hit toward center field are going to fall short of you. Since you have so much time, it’s easy for you to get into a rhythm and collect yourself before catching a ball. You don’t have as many decisions to make as others, either. If there are runners on base when they hit the ball, it’s your job to back up first and second; if there aren’t any runners on base when they hit it, it’s your job not only to catch it but also throw them out if they try for third.
Why first base is easy
Most major league players will tell you that first base isn’t hard. For example, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt once said First base is an easy job. They got a bag and a bat. What else do they need? Umpires seem to agree; they call fewer balls than strikes on a first baseman than any other fielder. If you take all of those factors into account, it’s no wonder why baseball’s most famous position ends up being one of its easiest too!
Why left field is easy
There are no cutoff men, and you don’t have to worry about covering a lot of ground like you do in center field. It’s relatively easy for left fielders since most balls hit their way are going to be either extra base hits or home runs. There are also a lot of caught fly ball outs which means your range doesn’t need to be as great as other outfield positions. The fact that there aren’t many ground balls means you can take your time catching balls; there’s not too much pressure on fielding them perfectly and having good throwing accuracy. So while fielding might still require some practice, it certainly makes playing left field easier than other positions on defense.
Why catcher and pitcher are hard
Baseball might seem like a simple game, but that perception belies its true complexity. Even positions that appear easy on paper can be hard on your body if you’re not prepared for them. We know: We asked athletes who have played multiple positions what it was like to play different spots and got their tips for those looking to try something new. Here’s what they had to say about playing catcher and pitcher—two seemingly simple baseball positions.
Whether you’re a coach or parent, choosing which position your child plays is one of those decisions that takes careful consideration. Some positions require more skill and athleticism than others, but there’s one thing that matters most when deciding which position to choose: safety. Since some positions can be more dangerous than others, it’s important to understand all of your options before settling on one for your young player. Let’s take a look at some popular positions and determine which one will keep kids safest on (and off) the field.