Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a Rabbit Maranville/Catcher out of my hat!
Now I was really under attack. Moving Derek Jeter a few feet further back, from shortstop to left field, would cost the Yankees 30 runs they said. I persisted but they were not persuaded.
...Here’s my hypothesis. Let’s say we draw names out of a hat for MLB regulars, not multiple position players like Jayson Nix. But we make it a pool of players who are not very recognizable. Then we put them into those old style uniforms from a hundred years ago with no names or numbers. No names flashed on the scoreboard or on TV. I maintain that fans casually watching would not notice that these MLB players had been randomly placed at their defensive positions.
Most plays are routine. MLB players should make 90% of them. Good softball players should make most of them. It’s the consistency that matters, being able to make the 90% of plays often enough to be MLB caliber. Infielders can catch fly balls in the outfield. Outfielders can catch grounders and throw out runners.