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    Why are teams only using radical shifts against LHHs? wouldn't it make sense to use them against RH pull hitters too? has any team ever tried them?
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    Teams have used them in the past (Vlad Guerrero, McGwire). Not sure about recently. I haven't seen one in a while.

    I asked the same question in this thread, and I still don't know why they're so rare.
    http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...anders-so-rare

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    • #3
      Maddon and the Rays shifted against Miguel Cabrera on April 10th of this year
      UI2
      BTB

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dominik View Post
        Why are teams only using radical shifts against LHHs? wouldn't it make sense to use them against RH pull hitters too? has any team ever tried them?
        Seems like it would make sense for certain hitters against LH pitchers...can't say that I've been monitoring the use of the shift against LH pull hitters this year, but I can't imagine it's used that much when they're facing lefty pitchers.
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        • #5
          yanks yesterday against cespedes


          No real overshift but 2B up the middle and tex pretty far off the bag. didn't really work since runners advanced on wild pitch and then cespedes walked but still interesting. 3B not in the picture but he plays deep down the LF line.
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          • #6
            bumping an old thread.

            It seems like the shift against RHBs is on the rise too. batters like bautista and pujols face a lot of shifts.
            bautistashift.png

            http://www.billjamesonline.com/shift...nded_hitters_/
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            • #7
              Not as effective cause the first baseman has to play close enough to the bag to make the putout on a ground out. look how wide open the right side is in the above picture. More than 1/2 of the infield is not covered.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Johnnyfootball View Post
                Not as effective cause the first baseman has to play close enough to the bag to make the putout on a ground out. look how wide open the right side is in the above picture. More than 1/2 of the infield is not covered.
                Also because you can't throw a guy out at 1B on a groundball into short LF.

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