Can We Guess What Position You Played in Little League?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess What Position You Played in Little League?
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About This Quiz

Little League Baseball was founded in 1939, and since then, millions of American children have grown up playing baseball, learning the codified rules, and looking up to their adult counterparts in the major leagues.

Through accident or design, Little Leaguers get an assigned position. Sometimes this is because it's the only one available. Sometimes it is because of a particular natural strength of the player. Sometimes it is because the player lacks a skill needed for another position. 

There are many cases of players who grew up playing one position, only to be reassigned as adults. Bryce Harper, for example, was a catcher when he was growing up, but became an outfielder when the Washington Nationals drafted him. Jorge Posada was a second baseman but made the switch to backstop after spending some time in the minors with the Yankees. Still, the imprint of these players' old positions remains in some form.

Every position has its unique demands and mindset. It is particularly important for pitchers to control their emotions, much more so than for position players. Catchers have to develop both a sensitivity to their pitchers' state and the ongoing strategic consequences of what is happening in the field. Infielders have to communicate with each other, preparing for different complicated infield plays, and outfielders have to do complex math, determining the parabolic path of fly balls so that they can be intercepted.

Do you think you still bear the marks of your old position? Take this quiz and find out!

In what social situation do you excel?
Arguments
Witty repartee
Any time I don't need to talk much
All social situations

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Which of these best describes your job?
Task-oriented, client facing
Backroom fixer
Consultant
Management, strategist

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At what age could you no longer play ball like you used to?
27
30
23
35

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How do you go about buying your everyday personal effects?
Buy one expensive thing that works well and doesn't need to be replaced, ever
Get what's cheap
Get what's not too cumbersome
Get whatever is "good enough" for today, and worry about tomorrow another time

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How do you feel today when you watch a professional baseball game?
Totally relaxed
Very tense
Indifferent
Pumped, but happy

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Which of these retired pitchers do you admire the most?
Cy Young
Joe Nathan
Babe Ruth
Red Ruffing

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Other than baseball, what sport did you play the most when you were growing up?
Track and field
Football
Soccer
Basketball

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In what industry do you work?
Banking
Logistics
Hospitality
Tech

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Which of these is most like the educational institution you attended after high school?
Creighton
Yale
ITT Tech
Hampshire College

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What sport have you never played, but always wanted to try?
Cricket
Polo
Rugby
MMA

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How many of your family members seriously played baseball?
1
0
4
2

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How do you keep fit as an adult?
Jogging mostly
I don't.
Weight lifting
Dance

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How many times have you been injured badly enough that you had to visit a doctor?
2
0
1
3+

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Who was your role model, growing up?
One of my parents
One of my siblings
My coach
A friend of the family

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How often did you play for your little league team?
Once every few games
Almost every game
Every other game
Every game

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In what foreign country would you feel most comfortable living?
Japan
India
Scotland
Australia

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Who do you root for in the World Baseball Classic?
Japan
The Netherlands
Dominican Republic
The USA

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Which of these jobs compares to yours in terms of stress?
Air Traffic Controller
Beat Cop
Fireman
Politician

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How many surgeries have you had?
2
0
1
3

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When someone's mood changes, how soon do you notice?
It takes me a minute.
In seconds
I don't, usually.
Immediately

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How likely is it a friend will come to you for private advice?
Very likely, but only for certain friends.
Not very likely
Somewhat likely
Extremely likely

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How many times did you change your position on the team?
1
0
3
2

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When you see a friend, family or colleague in trouble, what is your first reaction?
Attack the cause of the problem
Put myself between them and the problem
Gauge the severity of the problem and what the next step will have to be
Give emotional support and be ready to help

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How quickly can you get into "war footing" when an emergency strikes?
I usually miss that chance.
Immediately
I need a couple seconds.
In the blink of an eye

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What do you do when you feel panic creeping up on you?
I get tunnel vision.
I use the energy to power me.
I shake it off as best as I can.
I slow things down, take a second, and see if that helps.

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Assuming you've been under the knife, on what part of the body did you have surgery?
My shoulder
My elbow
My knee
My spine

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When things get unpleasant, how do you feel about time?
I want to draw things out, so I can rethink and change the situation.
I just want things to hurry up.
I forget about time, but want to know what's going on.
Like it's my only asset.

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Assuming you went to college, what was your college major?
Political Science
Languages
Physics
Business

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How do you study new skills?
I work alone for a long time, then have someone test me.
I like to work with a group.
I like to work on supporting skills that aid the main one.
I read everything on the subject and go from there.

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How strong is your interest in baseball, today?
Fairly strong
I'm insatiable.
It's still there, but not as strong as it was.
It's strong, but different somehow.

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