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Serious Shift: Switching Defense Here To Stay

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Baseball's approach to defense, long unchanged except for the gloves getting bigger, is undergoing the most radical change in strategy since the Reconstruction Era. Defensive shifting, which started as a trend several years ago, is becoming epidemic. Major League teams "shifted" 8,134 times last season, compared with just 2,357 in 2011. Aided by increasingly complex technology, the most forward-thinking teams create different schemes and setups for virtually every batter, then switch it up, depending on the pitch count.

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