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First Pitch: Shifting Has Become Very Common in Baseball

First Pitch: Shifting Has Become Very Common in Baseball

Earlier today, I was sent a link from Twitter follower Jonathan Holbert, talking about how baseball's defensive shifts continue to grow. I thought the article was an interesting read for multiple reasons. First, as you know, we've been tracking the Pirates' usage of defensive shifts a lot on this site. So that's always a topic I'm watching for.

It seems that other teams took notice to the success the Pirates had with shifts last year. The article talks about how the Houston Astros tried to implement shifts during the 2013 season, but the pitchers objected. This year they showed their pitchers the data of how the increase in shifts helped turn the Pirates infield from a middle of the pack group to one of the best defenses in the majors in one year. The Pirates had the same infield defens...

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