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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Is the LeMahieu Shift the Boldest One Ever? | FanGraphs Baseball

Now this is a shift.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. lemahieu, diamondbacks, rockies, shifts

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

‘Ungodly’ Joey Votto forces Cubs to think outside the box with four-outfielder shift | CSN Chicago

This is a shift you don’t see every day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey votto, reds, shifts

Friday, June 09, 2017

Foreign-born managers break through baseball team hierarchy in KBO

Whenever a slugger of the opposing team stands at home plate, SK Wyverns manager Trey Hillman asks his players to shift their standard positions and move to certain areas on the field to help them more easily catch a ball hit by the player.

The defensive realignment — called the “Hillman shift” among baseball analysts here — is based on odds drawn from accumulated data about the direction and distance a ball travels from the slugger’s bat.

The Hillman shifts have been executed 132 times as of May 18 since the March 31 opening games and about 67 percent of them were successful. Wyverns players have been able to outplay the sluggers of the opposing teams, thanks to the realignments.

Infield and outfield shifts are in vogue after Hillman joined the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) League early this year.

Data-based baseball strategy is one of the new baseball trends brought by foreign-born managers and coaches, including Hillman, and it has a real impact on the league.

Foreign-born coaching staffers are also agents of change in breaking through hierarchical manager-player relationships in the KBO League.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2017 at 12:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: kbo, korean league, shifts, trey hillman

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Ryan Howard’s Career Is Dead. The Shift Killed It. | FiveThirtyEight

But although Howard succumbed to the shift, his demise also tells us about the future of the tactic — and why its effectiveness might eventually tail off. When modern teams first started realigning the infield, there were plenty of obvious candidates who would be vulnerable to its effects. But as players like Howard get pushed out of the league by the shift, there will be fewer and fewer hitters on whom it can be used so effectively. Eventually, the rewards of slick defensive positioning will shrink; like most tactics in baseball, the shift will have diminishing returns.

Had Howard’s career started a decade later, he might have had to cope with the shift in the minors and found a way to adapt. As it was, he came up as the shift was rising, and it probably cost him a long career and a chance at the Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 07:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard, shifts

 

 

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