MLB switch ban will force moves by Dodgers, other top teams – Sportico.com

transformation in Major League Baseball Next season will disappear as Shoeless Joe walks into a cornfield in Iowa. No team can be more affected by this change in defensive dynamics than one Los Angeles Dodgerstheir manager Dave Roberts He said.

“I hope that happens [affect them]Padres coach Bob Melvin, whose club has lost 21 of their last 25 games to the Dodgers, is 21 games behind in the Western National League, and is looking for any way to narrow that gap.

The Dodgers use change as often as their Dodger Stadium fans do as they beat the Dodger Dogs – moving on 10,593 out of their 19,980 pitches thrown.

Fans watch the Dodgers jump and run around the field—like flipping a stopping point and third man from left to right on back-to-back pitches—53% of the time. This ranks behind the Toronto Blue Jays, who used 11,062And the Or on 53.4% ​​of the 20,717 hills throw.

Roberts is concerned that his use of this transformation has worked. His club took advantage of the transformation to lead the league with 44 defensive passes blocked.

“I think it will affect us more because we are one of the best clubs at the moment with the rules that govern the transition,” said Roberts.

That will change next season when two players – and only two players – must be positioned on the field on either side of the second base. No foot can be placed on the outside turf, which cancels out the current softball style of playing second baseman on the short right field.

“There is a new landscape, a new structure that we all have to stick to,” Roberts said. “I think we’re going to re-evaluate our roster, and put within this new structure to prevent racing in an elite video.”

Don’t cry too much for the Dodgers, who just clinched the Ninth Division title in the past 10 years and won 100 games or more for the third time in the past four seasons. In 2020 during the 60-game COVID season, they had a win percentage of 0.717 and won the World Championship.

The new pitch alignment is just one of a raft of changes to MLB’s plans to start next season, including a pitch clock, limiting pekoff throws with a runner on base during a given game at bat, and three-inch larger bases.

The hope is that the compound effect will speed up the pace of each match and allow the attack to be increased.

The league’s hitting average is 0.243 this season, the lowest since 1968 when the then 20 MLB teams hit 0.237, precipitating the 15-inch pile down to 10 and shrinking the strike zone. In 1973, the American League adopted the designated hitter to increase attack, a rule that was finally codified in NL Forever this season.

The league-level batting was .264 in 2008, the year the Tampa Bay Rays went to the World Championships with a very cheap payroll, then manager Joe Maddon used the shift regularly.

Analytics experts in nearly every division of baseball operations started copying the rays, and the MLB batting average decreased as shifts increased.

makes senses. Teams use computers to determine directions that indicate where the hitter is likely to hit the ball. The player is moved somewhere and the bowler is asked to throw to a point in the hit area that will accommodate the turn.

Thus, the line leading to the middle that might be a basic hit can easily be worn to go out. Players have lay cards in their back pockets for reference about where to play on each court.

“I’m going to like that as a hitter,” said Padres’ Brandon Drury. “I hit a lot of balls in the middle of this year that was taken. I got a few hits through the open hole on the other side of the court, but not nearly as much as the one that was taken away.”

The Houston Astros, AL’s best team this season, are second behind the Dodgers with 39 underground passes. They use shift on 50.4% of their tunes thrown – third in the MLB.

Of the top ten teams in that category, eight are vying for a place in the 12-team Extended Supplement format, and the Dodgers and Astros have both escaped with their league titles. Low salaries are no longer a standard for trying to catch up with the rest of the league by overusing shift.

The Dodgers and Astros have represented their respective leagues in the World Series six times since the Astros defeated the Dodgers in a set of seven games in 2017, which was marred by the Houston signal-stealing scandal. Both teams won once. The Dodgers have the highest payroll in MLB this season at $265.2 million while the Astros are ranked eighth at $183.1 million, according to Spotrac.

That’s a lot of victories and a lot of transformations. The 30 MLB teams so far this year have turned 34.3% of all 636,006 pitches thrown during Sunday night.

This situation will go away with shifting, which was used before the last decade’s spread only on rare occasions by moving three players to the right side against a particularly strong left-handed power hitter like Ted Williams or Barry Bonds.

“It will be more difficult and challenging next year for players on the field, who will show real defense, range and arm strength, especially on the left side of the field,” Roberts said. “We are well aware of that, and I think it’s still good for the game.”

It would be different for all the current players, none of whom played a role without the transformation.

Max Munsey, who plays several positions on the Dodgers, said he doesn’t know if he’s ready for it.

“For me, it would be nice to play in a more restricted place, but I enjoy walking around,” he said. “We all have a position card. The guys upstairs run their statements and tell us the best position to play.”

He added that this will not change. “They are going to run us tightly next year even though it’s one-sided. There’s no doubt about that.”

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