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(Major League Baseball)   Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo both demonstrate how to defeat the infield shift with perfectly-placed bunts. 90 feet is just far enough   ( mlb.com) divider line
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2017-04-18 10:09:29 AM  
I love this. I hate the shift.

But not as much as I despise the morons who intimate this is unfair and there are plenty.
 
2017-04-18 10:56:19 AM  
Bunt all day into the shift.

Though, that first bunt by Schwarber was lucky.  With the 3rd baseman so out of position on the shift, there's no need to have the ball go anywhere near the foul line.
 
2017-04-18 10:59:39 AM  
WTF is with MLB.com's video player?
 
2017-04-18 11:14:10 AM  

edmo: I love this. I hate the shift.

But not as much as I despise the morons who intimate this is unfair and there are plenty.


Yeah, I feel similarly.

It makes sense to do it mathematically but feels anti-baseball, so I would encourage pull hitters to learn to bunt to reduce its efficacy.
 
2017-04-18 11:17:35 AM  
Take that free base hit every time it's offered and teams won't shift on you.
 
2017-04-18 12:04:29 PM  
I imagine Colby Lewis is fuming over this violation of an unwritten rule that he once made up. (Wherever Colby Lewis is these days.)
 
2017-04-18 12:30:06 PM  
I always wondered why this doesn't happen more often. During the Dodgers miracle year in '88 Kirk Gibson was basically the one big power hitter on the team, when he was healthy he was fast as fark too, he would drop a bunt any time the other team played too deep and just take his free base, it was hilarious and effective
 
2017-04-18 12:34:38 PM  

inclemency: edmo: I love this. I hate the shift.

But not as much as I despise the morons who intimate this is unfair and there are plenty.

Yeah, I feel similarly.

It makes sense to do it mathematically but feels anti-baseball, so I would encourage pull hitters to learn to bunt to reduce its efficacy.


Why hate the shift? There's no rule that says a fielder has to stand in a certain spot.  Why should the defense suffer because of a stupid unwritten rule?
 
2017-04-18 12:43:27 PM  

forstmeister: inclemency: edmo: I love this. I hate the shift.

But not as much as I despise the morons who intimate this is unfair and there are plenty.

Yeah, I feel similarly.

It makes sense to do it mathematically but feels anti-baseball, so I would encourage pull hitters to learn to bunt to reduce its efficacy.

Why hate the shift? There's no rule that says a fielder has to stand in a certain spot.  Why should the defense suffer because of a stupid unwritten rule?


I didn't suggest making it illegal. I even suggested players adapt.

I just don't like it. At all.
 
2017-04-18 12:51:32 PM  
Don't you DARE swing at the first pitch after the pitcher gives up back to back homeruns.
/ And don't flip your bat.
// And don't look at me funny.
/// And always use three slashies.
 
2017-04-18 01:00:23 PM  

martissimo: I always wondered why this doesn't happen more often. During the Dodgers miracle year in '88 Kirk Gibson was basically the one big power hitter on the team, when he was healthy he was fast as fark too, he would drop a bunt any time the other team played too deep and just take his free base, it was hilarious and effective


Take what the other teams give you. It's no surprise he became a manager.
 
2017-04-18 01:10:23 PM  

inclemency: forstmeister: inclemency: edmo: I love this. I hate the shift.

But not as much as I despise the morons who intimate this is unfair and there are plenty.

Yeah, I feel similarly.

It makes sense to do it mathematically but feels anti-baseball, so I would encourage pull hitters to learn to bunt to reduce its efficacy.

Why hate the shift? There's no rule that says a fielder has to stand in a certain spot.  Why should the defense suffer because of a stupid unwritten rule?

I didn't suggest making it illegal. I even suggested players adapt.

I just don't like it. At all.


Yeah, but why? In any other sport, that's part of the game -- you think the ball is going to a certain area, you put extra defenders in that area. In football, do you dislike the idea of stacking the box in a running situation? That's pretty much the same thing. And if the opposing offense can counter that by unexpectedly passing to the freed-up receiver, god bless. All of that makes the game more interesting.
 
2017-04-18 01:23:50 PM  

Super Chronic: inclemency: forstmeister: inclemency: edmo: I love this. I hate the shift.

But not as much as I despise the morons who intimate this is unfair and there are plenty.

Yeah, I feel similarly.

It makes sense to do it mathematically but feels anti-baseball, so I would encourage pull hitters to learn to bunt to reduce its efficacy.

Why hate the shift? There's no rule that says a fielder has to stand in a certain spot.  Why should the defense suffer because of a stupid unwritten rule?

I didn't suggest making it illegal. I even suggested players adapt.

I just don't like it. At all.

Yeah, but why? In any other sport, that's part of the game -- you think the ball is going to a certain area, you put extra defenders in that area. In football, do you dislike the idea of stacking the box in a running situation? That's pretty much the same thing. And if the opposing offense can counter that by unexpectedly passing to the freed-up receiver, god bless. All of that makes the game more interesting.


Solid point. It just 'feels wrong'.

Not saying it should be disallowed.
 
2017-04-18 01:32:22 PM  

inclemency: edmo: I love this. I hate the shift.

But not as much as I despise the morons who intimate this is unfair and there are plenty.

Yeah, I feel similarly.

It makes sense to do it mathematically but feels anti-baseball, so I would encourage pull hitters to learn to bunt to reduce its efficacy.


Yeah, whenever I see a severe shift on (with three infielders to the left or right of second) I just think "Wow, that looks dumb. I know it's mathematically worthwhile. I know it's not against the rules, nor should it be. But I'm always VERY satisfied when the hitter goes the other way and an easy out becomes a single.

If a player gets the shift put on for them a lot, time to learn to bunt accurately. Get enough of those little bunt singles and they'll have to adapt.
 
2017-04-18 01:53:28 PM  
"Guys, figure it out, or I'm going to pete again"
 
2017-04-18 02:01:08 PM  
The Dodgers once put all four infielders on the first base side with a runner on third... and it worked.  SD batter hit a chopper right into that wall and they gunned down that runner on third as he tried to score.
 
2017-04-18 02:29:54 PM  
I think this is less take what they give you and more "my god these boys are not seeing the ball well enough and are hitting like carp, we will try anything"
 
2017-04-18 02:59:07 PM  

Saiga410: I think this is less take what they give you and more "my god these boys are not seeing the ball well enough and are hitting like carp, we will try anything"


img.fark.net

What hitting like carp might look like.
 
2017-04-18 04:49:11 PM  

Trainspotr: Saiga410: I think this is less take what they give you and more "my god these boys are not seeing the ball well enough and are hitting like carp, we will try anything"

[img.fark.net image 259x194]

What hitting like carp might look like.


Or this:

img.fark.net
 
2017-04-18 04:49:58 PM  

Trainspotr: Saiga410: I think this is less take what they give you and more "my god these boys are not seeing the ball well enough and are hitting like carp, we will try anything"

[img.fark.net image 259x194]

What hitting like carp might look like.


Now THIS is good internet.

/Fish Story
//Turn pro. Forget the Olympics.
///Whisky does not affect alien beings.
 
2017-04-18 04:57:53 PM  

Saiga410: I think this is less take what they give you and more "my god these boys are not seeing the ball well enough and are hitting like carp, we will try anything"


little of column A, little of column B, I think.

also, if it's not against the sacred unwritten rules to employ the shift, then how the fark is it against them to bunt around it?
 
2017-04-18 05:52:24 PM  
So basically, they're giving up an intentional walk?
 
2017-04-18 06:24:33 PM  

foo monkey: WTF is with MLB.com's video player?


I think you're starting to feel my pain. For some reason, mlb.com is using mobile for all of its video pages to be mobile only (eg m.mlb.com instead of mlb.com) and this does not play well with some computer browsers. It totally locks up my Chrome. There's a reason why sites separates them. Ugh
 
2017-04-18 10:39:53 PM  
And yet, they still lost.

/haha
 
2017-04-19 12:24:52 AM  

picodenico: And yet, they still lost.

/haha


You must be a blast at parties.
 
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