Girardi open to shifting more often

We saw the extreme shifts work so well with the Rays in the first season of the year that it is already catching on, although Yankees manager Joe Girardi denies that this is a reactionary thing.

“I don’t think it’s a reaction to what happened to us,” Girardi told Bryan Hoch of “I think it’s actually kind of to all the data that’s being put out now that we’re all seeing. Some of it is the kinds of pitchers we have, too, and how they’ll affect it with how they pitch.”

A big part of implementing extreme shifts that nobody really thinks of is getting the players on the field comfortable with it. Think about it, this kind of stuff doesn’t happen at all in high school or college. Going too extreme too soon could lead to potential miscues.

“I think it’s getting guys comfortable,” Girardi said. “When you ask a guy to play on the opposite side, it’s different. You hear guys talk about how you’re looking at someone in a mirror, in a sense, when you’re playing on the other side of a base.”

This could potentially lead to moreĀ ridiculeĀ of Girardi and his binder, but I’m a big fan of this. It just shows that he’s open to new ideas rather than stuck in the same old ways. It might not work as well as it has been planned, but it is openness to new ideas that helps teams over the course of a marathon season.

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2 Responses to Girardi open to shifting more often

  1. Michael says:

    I never understood why not just move the 3rd basemen to the spot where the 2b is in the above picture. That woulda have 1 guys playing far out of position but I would think that would be better then having 3 players all out of their natural position.

    • cmclark says:

      I think a lot of people tend to think that but it's more of a range thing. If you anticipate a guy to pull the ball, the most amount of ground covered should be between 1st and 2nd. Typically 3rd basemen aren't the most mobile. So you can still cover the weaker ground ball between short and second that's up the middle and you need range guys to get there.

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