In the last week I've written twice about how the Pittsburgh Pirates plan on utilizing outfield defensive shifts more often in 2014. Clint Hurdle initially talked about it last week, and I spoke with Neal Huntington about the topic, with Huntington noting that this would be different than their approach from a few years ago with outfield shifts.

It appears that one big difference will come via new technology. Yesterday Hurdle said that the Pirates have a system in place, similar to the upcoming Field F/X system. If you're unfamiliar with Field F/X, it's a program that is designed to track the exact movements and routes of fielders, just like the Pitch F/X program tracks the exact movement of pitches. The Pirates have a program similar to Field F/X at PNC Park, and use that to track thei...

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