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Outside The Confines: Death to the shift?

Potential new rules might change the way we see the game played.

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It’s almost time for a new season, so of course, it’s time for brand-new (or in some cases, revisited) terrible rule changes that are being attempted in the minor leagues before being considered for the majors.

In the past we’ve seen shortened double-headers, and starting a runner on second base in extra innings, both of which will be sticking around for the 2021 season, but why stop there. Increasing the size of bases by three inches? Sure! Robot umpires? Well, okay, maybe, why not? Banning the shift?

Banning the shift?

Seems like they’re trying out a requirement of having four infielders remaining in the infield, or at least in proximity to the infield dirt. But yeah, seems like an opposition to the shift runs deep with baseball’s overlords. Some people love the shift, others hate it, but who doesn’t love to see a hitter beat it?

Guess we might have to kiss it goodbye if it goes well in the minors.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.