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Shift Work

il_570xN.311004241ESPN has an interesting article on their New York blog about the Yanks’ increasing tendency to employ the infield shift, something that has Joe Madden and the Tampa Bay Rays particularly worried…

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1 RIYank   ~  May 9, 2014 11:28 am

Very interesting.

I wonder if the thing about the shift costing them three net runs this year is correct. I'm skeptical -- I can't see how you could know that's true.

I also liked this: "To be clear, the use of shifts doesn't completely correlate to whether an organization relies on analysis." That's right, obviously, and also, nobody really knows to what extent the various teams rely on analysis.

2 Sliced Bread   ~  May 9, 2014 11:31 am

Joe Madden invented fire, and is now worried other cavemen are using it? Your genius is a blessing and a curse, Joe.

Good piece, now if the Yankees could only learn how to hit against the shift. Or is old school malarkey to punch a ball to opposite field, where the guys with gloves ain't?

3 rbj   ~  May 9, 2014 12:44 pm

[2] You're not allowed to hit against the shift. It's right there in black and white in the Great Book of Unwritten Rules.

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