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Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:14 pm
  • So last night was the straw that broke the camels back. We shifted on AOKI off all dang people he burned us and we lost.

    But even before that. Shifting is getting out of control. It seems all teams will shift every guy in the lineup now.
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:25 pm
  • Until hitters show that they can beat the shift, expect to keep seeing it a lot.
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:40 pm
  • Probably could just go in the Mariners thread, no?
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:32 pm
  • Teams always have shifted, it's just a more dramatic shift now, you shift to tendencies, a good hitter will just adjust to the shift.
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:57 pm
  • gowazzu02 wrote:So last night was the straw that broke the camels back. We shifted on AOKI off all dang people he burned us and we lost.

    But even before that. Shifting is getting out of control. It seems all teams will shift every guy in the lineup now.

    I was thinking the same thing.
    IMHO SS over uses the shift.
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:06 pm
  • It's the age of Sabermetrics.

    Gone are the days of allowing your manager the freedom to feel out a game batter by batter and inning by inning, now there's entire data bases of stats over analyzed ad naseum that dictate what you do, thus "hey this guy pulls the ball 93.4444% of the time, so let's shift."

    I was always OK with the minor shifting that has been around since the game was invented, but yes, now it's getting ridiculous.
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:32 pm
  • chris98251 wrote:Teams always have shifted, it's just a more dramatic shift now, you shift to tendencies, a good hitter will just adjust to the shift.



    Ugh what I get frustrated with is baseball which is my first sport love is losing more and more popularity. I want to throw up thinking that the NBA has passed it by.

    The "make the hitters adjust" thinking is fine and dandy. Do you REALLY want your stars Robbie Canos, Nelson Cruz's, Harpers, Trouts etc etc etc trying to shoot a ball the other way? Not good for the game.
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:59 pm
  • Have to agree. It seems the M's use it to excess, especially with men on base. The hole at 1st base is big enough already.

    And leaving it open to bunt down the 3rd base line is kind of pathetic, too.

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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:07 pm
  • What it will do if it gets popular is change how you approach it as a team and hitter, the big power guys will be around but not as many, you will get more Ichiro type hitters that can swat into holes they leave for if played straight up, would be outs or singles turning into triples and doubles so speed will be a factor also. Because player will have to chase the ball down.
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:18 pm
  • The trend making me sick are these stupid matte finish batting helmets.
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:25 pm
  • ZorntoLargent wrote:The trend making me sick are these stupid matte finish batting helmets.

    I think they look pretty slick. Now, the "northwest green" tops? Those are a different story
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Re: Shifting epidemic in baseball
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:59 am
  • ZorntoLargent wrote:The trend making me sick are these stupid matte finish batting helmets.

    Yep, hate em too.
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