Dewan: Shift or get off the pot

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on February 13, 2015:

Every team in baseball is shifting way more often than they did as few as three years ago. And it is paying off. But there are 10 teams (a third of the league) who shifted less than 260 times each for the season. Collectively they saved 27 runs (less than three runs per team). The other two thirds of the teams more than doubled their effectiveness, averaging over eight Shift Runs Saved per team.


I would give these 10 teams the same advice we gave in The Fielding Bible—Volume III after the 2012 season:

“If I were running a Major League Team, I would employ The Shift far more often…”, or as the title of this article says, “Shift or Get Off The Pot.”

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Originally published: February 13, 2015. Last Updated: February 13, 2015.