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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The secret to Atlanta’s defensive turnaround

The formerly shift-averse Braves are moving their infielders around out of nowhere, and largely without notice. If you watched the NLDS, you could see it. You saw it when Avisaíl García smoked a line drive directly to Austin Riley. You saw it when Omar Narváez hit a grounder right at Ozzie Albies, who started a double play. You saw it when Willy Adames, who had been shifted against by Atlanta 19% of the time in the regular season, saw shifts more than 80% of the time in October…

Ask anyone about the Braves’ infield defense, and they’ll invariably start talking about Washington, a legendary infield coach dating back to his days with the A’s in the 1990s. (Yes, the guy from the “Moneyball” scene, if you want to distill decades of a baseball life into three possibly apocryphal words from Brent Jennings to a pre-stardom Chris Pratt.) He’s still out there doing pre-game work with his infielders every single day, and Freddie Freeman and company swear by it.

Washington turns 70 next April and is perceived as old-school in many ways, though his Texas teams were shifting against right-handed power hitters like Vladimir Guerrero Sr. as far back as 2008, and it’s hardly like he’s refused to acknowledge the advances in the game over the last several years.

“We are playing that way because [it] is a reflection of what the spray charts say,” he told the Dallas Morning News in 2014, after being asked about a shift, “and we’re going to do what the spray charts say.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2021 at 10:03 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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