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Posted: December 06, 2018, 1:38 PM Post
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The Athletic article about this showed how banning shifts would lead to more hits/base runners, which leads to more offense, which is what puts more people in the seats and gets more people watching since there’s more action and scoring. I really think that’s what’s behind this. Not some way to harm us.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 1:42 PM Post
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If players wanted to see their offensive stats go back up, maybe spend a little more time working on your approach and becoming a better hitter at either going the other way or getting a bunt down in certain spots to force teams out of the shift. Sure, that may come at the expense of more chances to swing for the downs and hit HR, but if your OBP increases by 50 percentage points because you hit to all fields you're probably a better and more valuable offensive player..[/quote]


I really hate this argument with the shifting stuff. You don’t think major league players have thought about this? It’s incredibly difficult to hit a baseball, especially in the current environment where you are facing more different pitchers through a game/pitchers with splits to neutralize you. It’s not easy to “just go the other way with it against the shift” if it was more guys would be doing it no doubt. It just isn’t that simple to do it with how ridiculous pitchers velocity and stuff is now and facing 2-4+ different pitches a game.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 2:07 PM Post
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We want you to identify the type of pitch it is in a split second and we also want you to hit the ball to a specific area of the field while trying to identify the pitch. Gee, real shocker that hitters haven't mastered that.

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Posted: December 06, 2018, 2:52 PM Post
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It’s not easy to “just go the other way with it against the shift” if it was more guys would be doing it no doubt.


Yes it is. Choke up and don't your lower half in your swing. It used to be called a hit and run and every MLB regular could do it a generation ago.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 2:58 PM Post
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Different articles I have read says guys have sold out to hit for power causing them to be more dead pull hitters. Pulling the ball leads to more power so guys quit hitting opposite field. Defenses have adjusted. Pull hitting is advantage. Shifting is the proper adjustment. Stop complaining


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 5:27 PM Post
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CrewFanBrewMan69 said:


It’s not easy to “just go the other way with it against the shift” if it was more guys would be doing it no doubt.


Yes it is. Choke up and don't your lower half in your swing. It used to be called a hit and run and every MLB regular could do it a generation ago.

I just don’t buy in to this at all and think comments like this are BS in reality. It’s not as simple as “choking up and just going the other way.” That’s little league coach speak that’s nonsense. When pitchers topped out in the 80s or low 90s it maybe could’ve been done a generation ago but don’t think it was that easy then and is certainly harder now with the amount of velocity and stuff in the game.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 6:05 PM Post
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Have to remember if you're being shifted to pull that the vast majority of the pitches are going to be inside as well. They're not only taking your tendency but also pitching to make it even more of a tendency. It's not easy/simple to hit an inside pitch opposite field. Yes, this all should lead to training at younger ages to have approaches like say Yelich that doesn't have a drastic tendency, but these guys weren't brought up like that.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 7:50 PM Post
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Different articles I have read says guys have sold out to hit for power causing them to be more dead pull hitters. Pulling the ball leads to more power so guys quit hitting opposite field. Defenses have adjusted. Pull hitting is advantage. Shifting is the proper adjustment. Stop complaining


Yes, the beauty of baseball. If runs drop because of guys not being able to hit the ball over shifts and out of the park, then line-drive hitters will push offensive numbers back up and they will become in vogue and the marginal power guys with sinking OBPs will go on the endangered list. The game will adjust back. It's been a "natural" process for 100+ years. Bean-counters need not mess with the rules.

It's probably not an accident that Stearns last two first round picks have been hitters like Hiura and Turang. He very well could be ahead of the curve here.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 8:06 PM Post
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The proper strategy is HUGELY affected by the situation. In lead off situations or with guys on base and decent hitters coming up, every hitter should be able to bunt for a base hit against the shift.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 9:13 PM Post
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Different articles I have read says guys have sold out to hit for power causing them to be more dead pull hitters. Pulling the ball leads to more power so guys quit hitting opposite field. Defenses have adjusted. Pull hitting is advantage. Shifting is the proper adjustment. Stop complaining


Thank you. This 100%. If we're going to start banning shifts then we might as well ban breaking balls or pitches over 95 MPH or any other part of the game that makes it more difficult to be successful at.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 9:48 PM Post
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The proper strategy is HUGELY affected by the situation. In lead off situations or with guys on base and decent hitters coming up, every hitter should be able to bunt for a base hit against the shift.


That creep with the Dodgers did just that, IIRC...


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Posted: December 07, 2018, 12:17 AM Post
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[quote="Fear The Chorizo”]

If players wanted to see their offensive stats go back up, maybe spend a little more time working on your approach and becoming a better hitter at either going the other way or getting a bunt down in certain spots to force teams out of the shift. Sure, that may come at the expense of more chances to swing for the downs and hit HR, but if your OBP increases by 50 percentage points because you hit to all fields you're probably a better and more valuable offensive player..[/quote]


I really hate this argument with the shifting stuff. You don’t think major league players have thought about this? It’s incredibly difficult to hit a baseball, especially in the current environment where you are facing more different pitchers through a game/pitchers with splits to neutralize you. It’s not easy to “just go the other way with it against the shift” if it was more guys would be doing it no doubt. It just isn’t that simple to do it with how ridiculous pitchers velocity and stuff is now and facing 2-4+ different pitches a game.[/quote]


Sure hitters think about this - in fact machado thought about it in game 7 of the nlcs, executed, and scored in a big spot of the game. I don't buy the argument that it's more difficult to punch a ball the opposite way or get a bunt down than it is to hit a hr - the approach is different and hitters need to make the effort to practice it, no doubt. Hitters have by and large gotten so far away from the small ball approach in today's game that it may be more difficult. When you see hitters routinely driving pitches on the outer half of the zone to pull fields, that's about approach and nothing to do with pitch velocity or location.

Can a hitter adjust his approach from their typical pull-heavy, slugging swing during a pitch and execute hitting to the opposite field? Hell no. But a hitter sure as hell can go up to the plate with a mindset that if a defensive alignment screams for an adjustment, a hitter can do alot of things to take advantage when game situations call for it. Stand off the plate more to combat pitchers working inside, shorten your swing and sacrifice slugging for better bat control. If people don't think this is possible, they haven't watched baseball near enough to remember what the game looked like for most of its history.


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Posted: December 07, 2018, 6:45 AM Post
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Sad news...

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo Are Killed in Car Crash

The former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died on Thursday in a car crash in Venezuela, where they were playing for a winter league team.

Their Venezuelan club, Cardenales de Lara, confirmed the deaths of Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37. Both played for the team on Thursday before the crash.

According to news media accounts from Venezuela, the crash occurred in Yaracuy. Reports indicated the car they were in hit a rock before going off the road. Carlos Rivero, a teammate of Valbuena and Castillo who was also in the car, survived.

All three players were born in Venezuela.

Valbuena was in the major leagues as recently as August, when he was released by the Los Angeles Angels. He hit .199 with a .253 on-base percentage, a .335 slugging percentage, nine homers and 33 R.B.I. in 96 games for Los Angeles this year.

Primarily a third baseman, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015. In an 11-year major league career, he batted .226 with a .310 on-base percentage, a .394 slugging percentage, 114 home runs and 367 R.B.I.

Valbuena broke into the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2008. He subsequently played for the Cleveland Indians (2009-11), the Chicago Cubs (2012-14), the Astros (2015-16) and the Angels (2017-18).

Castillo played five years in the majors, for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-07), the San Francisco Giants (2008) and the Astros (2008). In 592 career games, he hit .254 with a .296 on-base percentage, a .379 slugging percentage, 39 homers and 218 R.B.I.

He played mostly second base and third base.

Rivero, 30, had a brief major league stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2014. He was in the minor leagues in the United States as recently as 2017, playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class AAA Reno affiliate. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.


They had played in this Venezuelan Winter League game at University Stadium in Caracas prior to the accident. Current Brewers playing in the eight team Venezuelan Winter League include Orlando Arcia and Jesus Aguilar. Current Brewers prospect Troy Stokes played in the league earlier this off-season and sent out this Tweet referencing the tragedy.


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