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Using a four-man outfield - Beyond the Box Score

Maybe not the next new thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 09:23 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fielding, strategy

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   1. John DiFool2 Posted: September 11, 2017 at 09:54 AM (#5529540)
Looking at the heatmaps and his recommended positionings- if I was putting a 4th guy out there he'd be c. 200 feet out and parked right in the middle of the deepest red part of the map.
   2. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 11, 2017 at 01:13 PM (#5529710)
Teams are already essentially using a short fielder for shifts. Have been for years and decades.

Four wide would be a new thing.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: September 12, 2017 at 12:27 AM (#5529995)
Back in the rec league softball days, we had to play a couple of games with just 9 guys. We tried 3 OF and that worked terribly, tried no 2B and that worked terribly and settled on no 3B and let them try to pull it fair. Did seem to work a lot better in our small sample. It's of course a small leap from rec-league slow pitch to the majors so nearly all of that will translate but the illegality of the bunt was a definite help.
   4. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: September 12, 2017 at 12:50 AM (#5530001)
I noticed in the GIF that they did miss having the fourth infielder once he hit it down the RF line. The SS can be seen retreating back to cover third while Votto coasts into second, with apparently no one covering that base. They could handle it with some sort of rotation, maybe the pitcher covering third being the simplest way.

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