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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Why it’s time for Major League Baseball to ban the shift

First off, the easiest rule to write is to make sure that every infielder is actually an infielder. Each of the four infield position players are required to have no more than one foot on the outfield grass when the pitch is thrown. That gets our shallow right field infielder/deep right field outfield problem out of the discussion.

The next step is a two infielders on each side of second base rule that’s been kicked around for years. We don’t need a physical line through second base or anything, so it’s on the umpires for discretion. I trust them with this.

As for my feeling that a ball up the middle (or in the 5.5 hole) should be a hit, I’m not sure I’d want to go far enough to alter the way things are now. A rule could be designed to create “zones” where players are allowed to play at each position, but I don’t want drawn circles on the field or anything like that—which would be erased during the course of the game—and I don’t know how to enforce said zones without circles. I think I just have to accept that teams are going to play guys up the middle and do mild shifts within the new hypothetical rules.

Still, I want to ban the excessive shifting. No more infielders in the outfield or three guys on one side of second base. Implement this, please, Major League Baseball. The batting average is just far too low and there isn’t much we can do about the strikeouts at this point. Hits in the field of play need to be saved.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2020 at 12:29 PM | 64 comment(s)
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Monday, July 27, 2020

6 OFs ... nearly 7? How KC shifted vs. Miggy

The Royals lined up their three outfielders—Alex Gordon, Brett Phillips and Jorge Soler—in their traditional spots. But they also had third baseman Maikel Franco and shortstop Adalberto Mondesi positioned in short left field, well off the infield dirt. And second baseman Whit Merrifield was also set up in the outfield, in short right-center.

The only infielder who still had some of his spikes on the infield dirt was first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, who was still quite a distance from first base.

The strategy against Cabrera, whose knee injuries over the years have severely hampered his speed almost to a jog, certainly worked. Cabrera grounded out on slow rollers in both the second and seventh innings—to “short” and to “second,” respectively. The Royals’ infielders still had plenty of time to charge the ball and make the throws for the outs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2020 at 11:44 PM | 22 comment(s)
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