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  •  The strategy goes way back. (4+ / 0-)
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    Even before teams used to shift for Ted Williams, who actually hit great against it.

    The truth is we are tortured by the truth.

    by walkshills on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:02:30 AM PST

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    •  yeah (1+ / 0-)
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      we did it in little league.

      The Rays a few years ago, though, were a real inspiration. Nearly made it with a total team payroll similar in size to just one Alex Rodriguez.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:12:17 AM PST

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    •  the idea of "the shift" is old (4+ / 0-)

      but the Rays took it to new heights. they have a bunch of different shifts now, and they move their infielders around more than any team in baseball except for the Orioles, who have been copying them.

      not coincidentally, the O's and Rays are the two best fielding teams in baseball, and this year both teams broke the MLB record for fewest errors by a team in a season (it's now the O's record with 54 team errors in 162 GP).

      "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

      by GrimReefa on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:46:20 AM PST

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    •  Like I said, it was new to me. (0+ / 0-)

      And it worked.

      I've been a Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays fan since day one.

      After years and years and years and years of futility i used to beg for a .500 baseball team.

      They've made the playoffs four of the last six years while facing the Bank-mee's and Dread Sox seemingly every other weekend.

      I'm a happy fans!

      "The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it.". Abbie Hoffman

      by Joes Steven on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:59:08 AM PST

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