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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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Texas Rangers: ‘When that happens, I’m going to be nasty again’: Why Rangers’ Joey Gallo says banning shifts would get him back on track | SportsDay

I’m a fan of Gallo but this is just lame. (Not as lame as the start of Home Run Derby but lame nonetheless.)

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:02 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, shifts

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Don’t fix baseball, even if it’s broken

Today’s all-or-nothing baseball is too one-dimensional. There are too many strikeouts… Also, too many of the hits are home runs. It was imprecise for Crash Davis (Kevin Costner’s character in “Bull Durham”) to say that strikeouts are “fascist,” but he was right that they are “boring,” a… And “on average, you have to wait [3 minutes and 45 seconds] between balls put in play — 41 seconds longer between movement than 20 years ago.” Steals (hence pitchouts), sacrifice bunts, hit-and-run plays — interesting things for fans — are becoming rarer…

NattyBoh Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, george will, shifts, speed-up-the-game, strikeouts

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MLB Hitters Explain Why They Can’t Just Beat The Shift

Or…won’t.

CC: Scott Boras

ESPN.com recently asked three lefty hitters who face varying percentages of shifts for their takes on the state of affairs. How do they try to attack defensive shifts, and do they think MLB can take any steps to address the problem—if there is, indeed, a problem?

Those hitters include Daniel Murphy, Kyle Seager, and Matt Carpenter.

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: July 11, 2018 at 02:23 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, shifts, strategy

Friday, July 06, 2018

Scott Boras says shifts are partly why Bryce Harper isn’t enjoying a typical Harper season

“Boras has strong opinions on many baseball matters, and during a 25-minute session with reporters Tuesday, he espoused a few about why his client Bryce Harper — slated to perhaps sign the richest contract in American professional sports history this coming winter — is not enjoying a typical Harper season.

Harper is batting .215 after he went 0 for 4 in the Nationals’ 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox, but Boras insisted evaluating Harper through batting average is misguided because he has been the victim of unusual circumstances. One is how teams are pitching to him so carefully. The other is how opponents are shifting against him.”

Hank Gillette Posted: July 06, 2018 at 08:29 AM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, scott boras, shifts

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bradford: Are players buying what baseball is selling when it comes to analytics? It’s a work in progress | WEEI

It seems to be working.

The Red Sox plan this season was to load up their coaches with a whole new level of analytics, filtering a new level of information to the players. It’s a whole new thing. And it’s one which, judging by an 8-1 start and the lowest batting average on balls in play in years, certainly seems to have some merit.

But, make no mistake about it, the selling of this new way of doing things is, and will be, a work in progress. The information gatherers know it. The coaches know it. And the players, they sure know it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, shifts

 

 

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