Baseball may be America's national pastime, but that makes it sound like any other sport, favored by any other nation. This is far from what baseball is. Baseball is one of the few sports in the world that is not timed. In theory, a baseball game could go on forever. Furthermore, no baseball game ends in a tie. There is always a winner and a loser.
Baseball accommodates all types of physiques since certain positions call for very specific physical qualities, but not others. While a five-tool player will be appreciated in any position, no pitcher is expected to be a defensive savant, and no catcher is expected to steal a lot of bases.
Baseball is most American in how it has roles for every kind of player, no matter what their physical makeup is. Quick hands may put you on the infield, and swift legs may put you in center field, but with some small tweaks to other defensive characteristics, those same qualities could sit a player behind the plate, or at third base. The chemistry of a baseball team is a mutable thing. Some teams sport tall, lanky shortstops, while others have diminutive shortstops in the mold of Mighty Mite, rather than Derek Jeter or A-Rod.
Baseball players' psychological makeups are similarly important to the positions they play. While many fans may think of catchers as bruised meatheads, most of them are the biggest intellectuals on their teams. In this ball of contradictions, we will sort out your past position from a few simple questions. Take this quiz, and we'll guess what post you had on the diamond.