glen a richter wrote:
I think if they want to eliminate the shift, the most they should do is to not allow the 2nd baseman or SS to be on the other side of 2B until after the ball is hit. You don't need lines on the field for that. I wouldn't be against that.
I understand where they are coming from. It kind of makes a mockery of the game in a way.
But we do the same thing in softball when there is a lefty pull hitter up. I play SS and when they are up, I play on the other side of 2B. It's just smart baseball...but when we are doing it, it does feel like cheating in a way.
Nobody ever used to emply the shift back in the day. If they do away with it, people will forget about it.
If I have a tendency to loop shallow singles should the outfield not be allowed to play shallow to protect against that? If I'm trying to prevent doubles, can I not have my outfield play deep? What's the limit to restrictions on defensive positioning? Here, stand on this X and stay there?
No. I get what you are saying, but that's not what I'm saying at all.
Just play your position. Outfielders can play shallow or deep and shade left or right, just like infielders can play in or back as that is the accepted area for the position. But a shortstop shouldn't be standing on the other side of 2B where the second baseman plays and the 2nd baseman shouldn't be out in right field.
Also, if the second baseman wants to play 20 ft. into the outfield grass, that's fine, but the SS can't come over and cover his normal spot. To me, that would mean you are playing without a shortstop and you have to field a shortstop.
All sports have something like this when it pertains to positions on the playing surface. You have to lineup in certain spots in football (illegal formation), there is an illegal defense in basketball, and the NHL has a crease rule, offsides and a no-touch zone for goalies (goalies also can't skate past center without getting a penalty).
There is no need for lines or x's on the field. It would just be a judgement call by the umpire. It doesn't seem like that difficult of a thing to do.
I totally get the strategy of playing the shift, but I also don't like it. It just seems wrong.