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In baseball, a position player is a player who on defense plays as an infielder, outfielder, or catcher. A pitcher is not considered a position player. A designated hitter, who bats but does not play any defensive positions, is therefore not a position player.

Position players are eligible to pitch, and a manager will use a position player as a relief pitcher on some occasions. This typically happens if a game is a blowout, if no other pitchers are available, or if the game has gone well into extra innings.[1]

In other sports

In ice hockey, "position player" refers to all non-goaltender players (forwards and defencemen), although "skater" is the more common term.

See also


  1. ^ "Position players pitching more than a fad". Retrieved 25 November 2021.