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Old 01-22-2014, 02:08 AM   #1
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newbie question about positions

Just played the demo a bit.

Is there a statistical penalty, like an increase in the chance of committing errors, for using in left field a player whose position is RF?

How about viceversa (using a LF in right field) ?

Is there such a thing as secondary positions for a player (for instance a 3B who can also play 1B)? How do I see a player's secondary positions? Is there such a thing as utility players?

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Just played the demo a bit.

Is there a statistical penalty, like an increase in the chance of committing errors, for using in left field a player whose position is RF?

How about viceversa (using a LF in right field) ?

Is there such a thing as secondary positions for a player (for instance a 3B who can also play 1B)? How do I see a player's secondary positions? Is there such a thing as utility players?

Thank you.
The basic answer is yes. Players with no experience (which is part if their fielding rating at a position) will not be very good until they get experience, provided they have the basic skills to play a position well (range for Cf, for example), in which case they will never be any good at a particular position.

You can see their ratings at different positions by viewing their profile. You can't see it for multiple players in the roster screen by selection the fielding ratings drop down.

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A player's profile page will have all his positions listed. See the attached screenshot. His "primary" position would simply be the one he's rated highest in. He'll gain experience (up to a cap) if you play him at any other position, and as long as he's got high enough numbers in the necessary Fielding Ratings, he'll eventually become rated at that position.
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Those guys basically nailed it, but for a more detailed explanation, refer to the manual.

Out of the Park Baseball Manual; Player Positions and Roles

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Well, LF and RF are not that different to have a significant penalty for inexperience. Putting a LF or RF in CF without experience would be a problem, though.

The things to remember about LF and RF which may be important are:
  • LF usually is the better fielder merely because LF will get more plays as most batters are right-handed and pull the ball.
  • RF usually has the stronger arm because he must throw the ball to 3B often. The LF rarely needs to throw to 1B.
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Well, LF and RF are not that different to have a significant penalty for inexperience. Putting a LF or RF in CF without experience would be a problem, though.

The things to remember about LF and RF which may be important are:
  • LF usually is the better fielder merely because LF will get more plays as most batters are right-handed and pull the ball.
  • RF usually has the stronger arm because he must throw the ball to 3B often. The LF rarely needs to throw to 1B.
I slightly disagree. There have been many cases of 1B and C being placed in LF because they dont need to do much out there. Ryan Klesko, Yogi Berra & Elsston Howard are the 1st 3 that came to mind. My LF who has good range is a 5 LF 4 Arm in LF. My RF has a 8 Arm 6 RF. Both clones of real players.
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I slightly disagree. There have been many cases of 1B and C being placed in LF because they dont need to do much out there. Ryan Klesko, Yogi Berra & Elsston Howard are the 1st 3 that came to mind. My LF who has good range is a 5 LF 4 Arm in LF. My RF has a 8 Arm 6 RF. Both clones of real players.
Well, there are always exceptions, of course, and keep in mind that the question was basically about the interchangeability of LF and RF, not LF and 1B and C. I was pointing out that, everything else being equal, I think LF gets more plays than RF and so should be the better OF if a choice must be made. RF, on the other hand, does better if he has a good arm.

One thing that resonates with me is the recollection of guys like Berra and Howard in LF and you are correct in that; you saw that kind of thing much more before the DH and they did tend to end up in LF rather than RF. Maybe because of the strong RF arm thing that I mentioned.
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