There are nine fielding positions in baseball. Each position conventionally has an associated number, which is used to score putouts:
1 (pitcher), 2 (catcher), 3 (first baseman), 4 (second baseman), 5 (third baseman), 6 (shortstop), 7 (left fielder), 8 (center fielder), and 9 (right fielder).
- 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 covering second base, who throws to the first baseman, is recorded as a 4–6–3 double play.
- ↑ Spatz, Lyle (2012). Historical Dictionary of Baseball. Scarecrow Press. p. 3. ISBN 9780810879546.