“I don’t think it’s a reaction to what happened to us,” Girardi told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “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 more ridicule 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.