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(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)   Number of MLB defensive shifts increased by 200% from 2010 to 2013, based on statistical findings that players other than Ted Williams and Barry Bonds have strong batted-ball tendencies. Stat geeks win yet another battle with old-schoolers   (triblive.com) divider line 4
    More: Interesting, Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball, Ted Williams, STATS LLC, Brett Lawrie, inside edge, Clint Hurdle, Neal Huntington  
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2013-05-05 05:44:56 PM
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bubbaprog: Adolf Oliver Nipples: he has the highest career batting average

See, right there is when everybody stopped listening to you. Call me when you use a metric that actually reflects performance.


We're talking about Ted Williams.  Who cares about which stat/metric you use?  He's good at ALL of them.  Pointing out that he has the highest average of the past like 70 years is significant.

Pointing out that he has the highest OBP ever is significant.  Or you can get fancier.  Whatever.
2013-05-05 05:43:50 PM
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It's not just that guys who get shifted only pull the ball.

Ryan Howard hits the ball well the other way.  He just tends to hit the ball in the air the other way.  If it's on the ground, it's usually to the right side, so shift.
2013-05-05 11:48:57 AM
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UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Marcus Aurelius: I have seen the pitchers miss their spot on many occasions. He's expecting inside pitching, but if one drifts outside?

Or the hitter can adjust also, setting up so an inside pitch is right where he wants it to take it to the opposite field. Plus, now the pitcher has effectively lost half of the strike zone. You burn a team in a shift a few times, and they'll knock that shiat off tout suite.


Yep, adjust your stance a bit and change the timing on your swing just a little and that hit to left field becomes a hit to center or right field.
2013-05-05 10:06:13 AM
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bubbaprog: Adolf Oliver Nipples: he has the highest career batting average

See, right there is when everybody stopped listening to you. Call me when you use a metric that actually reflects performance.


To be fair, when we're talking strictly about performance on batted balls in play (which is the subject here), batting average is pretty relevant.
 
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