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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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Menthol

Interesting article, thx!

May 21, 2014 07:47 AM
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Matt Trueblood

Great work, as always. Been wondering why this isn't more common for a while. Fenway left fielders should often be somewhere else, for my money. You could drastically pinch the outfielders in Arizona, for many batters, and get some benefit. Minute Maid left fielders should be to the CF side of the Crawford boxes more often than not. Wrigley Field and Miller Park have hella deep corners and very short power alleys, so teams should shift there a ton. I think an infield shift to the pull side paired with an outfield shift the other way would be especially effective against most guys in either of those parks. And i do mean shifts, not shading.

Fun. Glad these innovations continue.

May 21, 2014 09:08 AM
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JPapa21

Stanton has been positioned more towards right center all year, though at ATT park it was more dramatic. It's early, but his defensive metrics are up across the board. Maybe these guys follow the ball better running to their left. Yelich has not been shifting to that degree so it's not something they're applying to left field,

May 21, 2014 10:45 AM
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