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May 21, 2014

Pebble Hunting

The Marlins and the AT&T Shift

by Sam Miller


Buster Posey represented the tying run when he batted in the ninth inning against Miami on Friday night. He got a 1-1 slider in the middle of the plate and drove it into deep right-center, toward triples alley. As soon as the crowd could raise its voice, though, it went quiet: Giancarlo Stanton was standing right there.

Whether that ball was hit hard enough and deep enough for Posey to get extra bases under normal circumstances is debatable, but from the right-field seats (where I was) it was jarring to see the contact, the flight off the bat, and, immediately, a stationary defender standing still and waiting for it. That's not where right fielders stand. So how did Stanton get there?

Here's where the Marlins' right fielder played various Giants hitters this weekend; below each is a screengrab of the same batter hitting in a Giants game this year against a different opponent (first one found among a variety of series).

Brandon Hicks:

Mike Morse:

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