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Kyle asked in SportsBaseball · 2 months ago

should mlb ban the shift?

where more often than not, when an extreme pull hitter is up, the 3rd basemen goes in short right field between 1st and 2nd, and shortstop will play a little more towards 3rd base.

it's happened for right handed hitters too.

should mlb ban the shift?  maybe pitchers should learn to pitch better against certain hitters instead of playing unconventional defense.  

18 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Ryan Howard would of been a hall of famer if not for the delay start from Thome and the shift which took 25 points off his batting avg

  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Rather than countering that defensive move by banning it, the batters could learn to not be pull hitters.  A few opposite field grounders would cure them of the desire to shift.  

  • 2 months ago

    The MLB have a much bigger problem the  owners from the Giants and Diamondbacks 

    gave money to a kingpin anti- American QAnon traitor  congresswoman Lauren Boebert both owners should be made to resign immediately this is as bad as what Marge Schott did if not worse Boebert assisted the rioters and should be removed from her seat in the house she is a traitor to our country as are these two owners for supporting her .

  • 2 months ago

    Of course not.  The shift only came about because so many hitters never learned to bat properly - to hit to all fields, to hit what is pitched.  The shift is EASILY beaten by the skilled batter who can place the ball where he wants it.

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  • 2 months ago

    Ban the shift?!  Seriously?! 🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️😂😂

    Teams employing a defense of shifting their infield (or sometimes outfield) to one side of the field is perfectly okay.  That's called doing homework on a particular hitter.  Even average hitters can tell you when a shift is on, like others before me have said, it's best to take the pitch to the opposite side of the field or go up the center.  There's gonna be a big gaping hole...shoot for it.  Oftentimes they get hits over the shift or even bunt hits toward an open area. In multiple ways a shift can be used; in multiple ways is a shift beatable.  Why be afraid of one?? 

  • 2 months ago

    ROFLMAO  Maybe batters should learn to go with the pitch.  If a right-handed hitter pulls everything to the left side of the infield, he's an idiot.  A pitch over the outer part of the plate can easily be stroked into center or right field.  

    Same thing in reverse; a left-handed batter pulling everything to the right side.  Learn to stroke that pitch over the outer part of the plate into center or left field.  

  • No.  Let teams do what they want, and eventually things will sort themselves out.

  • 2 months ago

    Defense is defense.  Hitters should go the other way instead of trying to pull everything.

  • 2 months ago


    First of all, how would you ban it and how would you enforce that rule?

    Now, assume you have a clear & simple way to ban the shift - does it really make the game better? Or more importantly does it make the game more entertaining for fans?

    Every sport allows teams to position their defenders in a way that is designed to stop the opponent's most likely path to scoring. Basketball teams get to double or triple team the opponent's best player, but doing so leaves another player open. Football teams can have 2 or 3 or more players defending one receiver but that opens the door to another player. I see no reason why a baseball team shouldn't be allowed to place their 7 defensive players (other than pitcher & catcher) wherever they think the batter is most likely to hit the ball. Batters are free to try to hit the ball to the open side of the field.

    The last thing Baseball needs is MORE rules.

  • David
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A good hitter will make the opposition pay for playing the shift.  And a bad hitter just needs to learn to hit.  Then it'll go away.

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