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Playing the shift

Posted: 7/18/2014 1:33 PM

Playing the shift 


As we all have seen the Cubs play a D shift with many hitters and could be a big reason why they are stockpiling SS. Does anyone know if the minor league teams are practicing these shifts. The reason I ask is because there have bee several miscues on the right side of the infield with the 3rd defender over there. Guys bumping into each other, who has second, etc are all things I have seen this season. Are the Cubs trending to where classic position names are meaningless. SS, 3B and 2B are all interchangeable parts and the guy playing 3B to 2B on the lone side of the shift is dictated by batter and situation rather than position name?
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Posted: 7/18/2014 3:04 PM

Re: Playing the shift 


I brought this up in another thread after reading a Cubs Den article and I agree. The game is trending towards having better athletes with more range and the ability to line up differently based on the pitcher, batter, and situation.

Not sure if the minor league affiliates practice shifting. I'd guess it's tougher to shift in the minors because leagues have so much turnover, advanced stats are less valuable, and there's less scouting.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 3:37 PM

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tautology wrote: I brought this up in another thread after reading a Cubs Den article and I agree. The game is trending towards having better athletes with more range and the ability to line up differently based on the pitcher, batter, and situation.

Not sure if the minor league affiliates practice shifting. I'd guess it's tougher to shift in the minors because leagues have so much turnover, advanced stats are less valuable, and there's less scouting.
Certainly they are not scouting and game planning as much. There are not that many teams in a league so just based off seeing some guys over and over they could shift. More of a learning experience than anything else so it does not look like a comedy routine in Wrigley.
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