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0 BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier by Chris Mosch
4 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
2 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
0 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
0 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/16 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
3 Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/30 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
7 Overthinking It: Defining Positions in the Age of the Shift by Ben Lindbergh
14 Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/2 by Ben Lindbergh
4 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 4/25 by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 4/18 by Ben Lindbergh
6 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 4/11 by Ben Lindbergh
3 Overthinking It: Baseball's New Kind of Coach by Ben Lindbergh
5 Overthinking It: The Latest Attempts to Beat the Shift by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: Stephen Drew, Defensive Shifts, and Fighting the Fear of Failure by Ben Lindbergh
10 Manufactured Runs: Who Gives a Shift? by Colin Wyers
13 The Stats Go Marching In: Bringing Back the Birdie Tebbetts Shift by Max Marchi
23 Overthinking It: The Way They Drew It Up by Ben Lindbergh
How have the Rays outfielder's opponents shifted against him with the bunt in mind?
At the end of May, I introduced the idea that some teams were going from playing nearly straightaway to using a full overshift once the count went to two strikes against certain pull-heavy lefties whom they deemed threats to bunt. The idea was that teams would probably prefer to implement a full overshift earlier in the count, but were hindered by the hitter’s ability to bunt for a base hit. This was inspired by the Orioles using a two-strike overshift numerous times against , and the Pirates doing it a couple of times against both Michael Bourn and Denard Span . Danny Espinosa Read the full article...
This week's bunts (including the first attempt by a right-hander), plus a look at aggressive counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.
This week's bunts (including three first-timers, two near-misses, and Joey Gallo), plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.
This week's bunts (including two big debuts), plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.
This week's bunts, plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses. This week's bunts, a chat with Chip Hale, and a new trend in defensive shifts. Plus: Ted Williams.
Last month I
started a season-long series (continued here, here, here, here, and here) devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the seventh installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one: Read the full article...
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May 28, 2014 8:30 am
In the era of aggressive defensive positioning, does the old-fashioned box score still tell us where people played?
At its core, baseball’s defensive revolution has been about positioning fielders in places where the ball is most likely to be hit, an idea so simple and sensible that it seems incredible that teams didn’t adopt it earlier. As the Astros’ Sig Mejdal
says, “Why weren't teams positioning their infielders different half a decade ago? I don't know. The data was all there.”
The latest exciting developments in the back-and-forth battle between batters/bunters and defenders.
Last month I
started a season-long series (continued here and here) devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the third installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one: Read the full article...
Earlier this month I
started a season-long series devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the third installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one: Read the full article... The second installment of a series designed to reveal whether batters are striking back against defensive shifts.
Last week I
started a season-long series devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the second installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one: Read the full article... The start of a new series.
One of my obsessions this season is the defensive shift—specifically, what batters are going to do about it. I
covered this subject at length last month, but here’s how I boiled it down in last week’s Lineup Card: Read the full article...
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November 20, 2013 8:14 am
On the rise of the defensive coordinator.
A few months ago, in
a guest piece for BP, made the case for hiring Gabe Kapler , a coach whose passion and instructional skills had impressed him in the minors. On Monday, the Matt Martin took his advice, adding Martin to new manager Detroit Tigers ’ staff. Brad Ausmus
The 44-year-old’s resume looks like that of many major-league coaches: some experience as a professional player, followed by close to two decades of minor-league coaching experience. His title is a lot less typical: “Defensive Coordinator,” a position familiar to football fans (though the NFL's "
Quality Control Coach" is a closer equivalent) but almost unknown in baseball.* The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.