Should baseball ban the shift? It’s something that commentators talk about when the game is slow and the players don’t have interesting cousins to talk about. A question as stupid as this one shouldn’t even warrant anyone’s time. That’s like asking if Jason Pierre Paul should ever mess with fireworks again.
The reason that baseball teams play shifts on certain guys is because of percentages. If they know that a specific player is more than likely going to pull the ball to the left every at bat, why shouldn’t they exploit it? It is mind boggling to think the announcers even had the balls to bring it up.
A possible solution to the shift
How about teaching baseball players to hit again?
Chicks dig the long ball. We get it. That’s why the MLB has seen an uptick in home runs over the last decade. In recent years we’ve seen swing paths take an uppercut approach to drive the ball into the air rather than the line-drive swing which involves keeping your bat head through the zone as long as possible.
Since players are hitting more home runs, we have also seen an increase in strike outs, and straight pull hitters that constantly have to battle the shift because they can’t hit opposite field. This results in a lot of 40 home run seasons with a .200 batting average. Which is more mind boggling that tedious commentators.
You want to get rid of the shift? Start teaching the straight pull hitters how to see a pitch deep into the zone and drive it the other way. If you’re a power hitter you’ll still hit your homers and your average will thank you for it.
But no, if a player can’t learn how to hit to the opposite field then the game should not change anything to prevent teams from getting you out.
Practice. That’s what Hall-of-Famers do.
Enough with the nonsense.
Let’s play ball.
Answer: Who cares?
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