Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, October 13, 2020 -- "It's Just Baseball"

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"It made sense, a decade ago, to call it 'shifting.' It didn’t happen much and it definitely looked weird. That verbiage is long dated when more than a third of batted balls are hit into data-driven positioning. It’s not shifting, it’s defense. It’s putting your players in position to succeed. It’s exploiting a known weakness of your opponent.

"It’s playing baseball."