I hadn’t looked at any details of the new agreement. Banning defensive shifts would be the the most important part for me. The game has become almost unrecognizable because of this. There are very few hitters that actually care about hitting anymore, and every one of them thinks he’s a 40-Homer-a-year guy.
What’s the language about defensive shifts??
It sure would be nice if umpires were encouraged to call high strikes as well.
Not a huge baseball fan, stopped watching years ago. But I don’t get banning a defensive shift. Teams aren’t supposed to adjust to certain batters/ teams? That’d be the equivelant of an NFL team not being able to put more D players on the line if they know a running play is coming or using that strategy the whole game if they know a team has no passing game.
I don’t know. It didn’t really bother me at first. The game is always changing. And it’s not that it doesn’t make sense from a defensive standpoint.
I just think I’m missing a lot more than the seeing eye grounder trickling through a hole. I’m missing the pure hitters who could actually handle the bat and knew what situational hitting was. I miss the hit and run, stolen bases and Ozzie Smith style defensive highlights.
I miss the hitters putting the ball in play and not striking out 35% of their at-bats.
I miss the fact that solid singles to the middle of right-center field never used to be caught by the third-baseman.
All of the people who say, “hit the other way, against the shift”…yeah, okay…you try that.
I also would like to see pitchers allowed to pitch inside without getting a warning and batters standing at the plate without any protective gear. The hitters today love to crowd the plate and know that the umpire will make the pitcher throw it down the middle and eject them for brush backs and HBPs.
I still love baseball, but it really is a completely different game than it was even 15 years ago.
I live the shift. I saw a video of a MLB hitter laying down a bunt down the third base line with no one on base. Defeated the shift with a STAND UP DOUBLE. YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO BAN IT IF HITTERS TRIED TO DEFEAT IT.
Back in the day I had learned the art of taking what a pitcher gave me. I would have killed to see a wide open hole in the infield.