Shifting Expectations: An In-Depth Overview Of Players’ Approaches To The Shift Based On Batted-Ball Events

By Connelly Doan

This article was published in the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

In this piece, Connelly Doan focuses on hitters' and pitchers' approaches to dealing with the shift. One of the hottest and most polarizing topics in baseball today is the increasing implementation of the defensive shift. The idea of the shift itself is not new; teams started using the “Ted Williams Shift” — moving four infielders and two outfielders to the right side of the field — in 1946 to increase their chances of getting the great hitter out, while less dramatic . . .

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