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Monday, November 21, 2022

MLB bans infield shifts: How baseball will change - Sports Illustrated

Good stuff from Tom Verducci.

We have so much data on how shifts changed baseball that it is not difficult to make an educated guess as to what will happen next year without them. My top conclusions:

1. The MLB batting average should increase from .243 last season (the fifth-worst ever, and the worst in 54 years) to .255 (equaling the highest since 2011).

2. Ground balls will go up, and strikeouts will go down, both slightly.

3. Corey Seager of Texas and Matt Olson of Atlanta will benefit the most from the new rules.

4. The Giants need a second baseman, and the Cardinals will rethink Nolan Gorman at second base.

jimfurtado Posted: November 21, 2022 at 07:33 PM | 46 comment(s)
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