Shortstop facts for kids

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Derek Jeter playing as shortstop with the New York Yankees.

Shortstop (abbreviated as SS) is a fielding position played in baseball. Shortstop is between second and third base.

More hit balls go to the shortstop than to any other position, as there are more right-handed hitters in baseball than left-handed hitters, and most hitters have a tendency to pull the ball slightly. Like a second baseman, a shortstop must be agile, for example when performing a 4-6-3 double play. Also, like a third baseman, the shortstop fields balls hit to the left side of the infield, where a strong arm is needed to throw out a batter-runner before they reach the safety of first base.

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