What are the 9 baseball positions?

Author's Note

I've spent many hours watching baseball -- usually with a hot dog in one hand and a cold beverage in the other. But in all that time I never really considered all of the responsibilities each player has. I mean, who knew there were really two players covering second base (the second baseman and the shortstop) or that the guy in the mask crouching behind home plate was the one in charge? Each player has a unique skill set and is absolutely essential. That's why I was astounded to learn about MLB player Buster Posey, who once played all nine field positions in a single game while at Florida State in 2008. Florida won the game 10-0, no doubt thanks to the grand slam Posey hit (because he was an awesome batter, too).

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