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Friday, December 28, 2018

Ban The Shift? - ACTA Sports

John Dewan doesn’t want shifts banned.

Banning the shift is doesn’t balance offense and defense. It is a welfare program for a subset of players who won’t adjust on their own. Baseball has never, in its long history, picked out handful of players and made a rule just for them. That’s what banning the shift would be, and it’s a terrible precedent to set.

That’s my argument.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2018 at 09:51 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: shifts

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Banning The Shift? MLB Managers Oppose Idea At 2018 Winter Meetings

I’ll give you the shift when you pry the analytics from my cold, dead computer!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 07:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game strategy, shifts

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Banning defensive shifts would be lazy solution to non-existent problem for MLB

It’s that time of year again. That time when Major League Baseball says it’s prepared to make big changes to the way teams are allowed to play defense.

As always, the proposed changes center around defensive shifts, an analytics-based method that has influenced teams to change the positioning of its defenders in an effort to counter a batter’s tendencies. The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reported Wednesday that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is receiving “strong backing” from the league’s competition committee to try limiting the use of these shifts during MLB games.

Perhaps this year they’re really serious about it. The report adds that rules aimed at limiting defensive shifts could be put in place before opening day. Or maybe it’s just blowing more smoke to pacify those purists who remain against the idea of a third baseman playing in short right field. For now, we’ll assume it’s the latter. But since the commissioner is openly talking about it, we at least have to assume it’s still a primary discussion in league circles.

To that we say, why are they still wasting their time?

Some blunt commentary on a recent subject of argument.

QLE Posted: December 06, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, manfred is thinking about it, shifts

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

MLB myth-buster—The shift isn’t curbing runs, it’s creating them

After we figure out whether to shift or not, can we figure out whether eating eggs for breakfast is healthy or not?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 01:59 PM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: shifts

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Is positionless baseball MLB’s next big thing?

Let’s remember: We are not talking about a team that has chosen to value offense over defense. We are talking about the best defensive team in the majors.

In other words, the Brewers have achieved this elite defensive standing as much through scheming, shifting and analysis about where players should stand as they have through individual play. Consider defensive games played, a count of every player who has appeared at every position (except pitcher). For example, if you have three players appear at third base in a game, you have three defensive games played at that position for the game.

Tallying all those up, only the Dodgers have more defensive games played than Milwaukee. The Brewers rank in the top 10 in the majors in appearances at every position except catcher, where they rank 14th. They rank second at second base, shortstop and right field, and fourth at first base. Counsell moves players around like they he’s playing chess, and with all that, his defense has been better than anyone’s.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2018 at 10:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee brewers, positional adjustments, shifts

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Twins use four man outfield against Jose Ramierz

On one hand, if you see this kind of shift, you should probably just aim to slap a weak ground ball the other way for an easy single. On the other hand, Jose Ramirez did not aim to hit a weak ground ball, and hit an absolute rocket instead. On the third hand, he hit that absolute rocket right at the fourth outfielder.

Brian White Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fourth outfielders, shifts

 

 

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