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Tom Verducci grounded out into a shift in a media baseball game today

Aug 1, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

Last week Tom Verducci floated an idea that was pretty darn harebrained about possibly outlawing defensive shifts because they’re allegedly unfair to hitters. We tore that one apart pretty well and moved on. But today circumstances force us to be reminded of it. For the Boston and New York media met in a media baseball game this afternoon. And this happened:

It is my hope — and given how baseball scribes tend to operate, my full expectation — that they put the shift on against Verducci simply to taunt and annoy him. Now, if he ever raises the issue of the shift again, he can be shouted down as being motivated by personal feelings and emotions and things.

(thanks to Josh R. for the heads up)

  1. serbingood - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Was Mitch Williams there to assist in coaching and motivating? What’s ol Mitch up to now-a-days anyway?

  2. twenty1miles - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Oh man, that is just perfect.

  3. rickrenteria - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Another example of coincidence, NOT irony Alanis.

    • scatterbrian - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Yep. If he had gotten a hit through the shift, then it might be ironic.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Let Verducci write in favor of banning the fastball in the butt next.

    • blacksables - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      No violence implied, right?

  5. barrywhererufrom - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Ah the shift..who cares where the fielders play..just hit the damn ball and stop your bellyaching young man!!

  6. futbolhistorian - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Ironic? Ironic would be if he was “pro-shift” and he grounded out into the shift. But in this case, there was no irony. It merely reinforced his belief.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      I was about to write about the same topic, but say something a bit different and deleted it. then I saw yours and said why not.

      Per a search on Google, here is a definition of ironic

      “happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this.
      “it was ironic that now that everybody had plenty of money for food, they couldn’t obtain it because everything was rationed”

      Since Verducci thinks the shift is bad for the hitters, if he had gotten a hit against it, it would have been ironic.

      that they played the shift and he made an out against it is not ironic.

      • sabatimus - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        Don’t worry, ironic has been misused so many times that the definition will likely be altered to reflection common usage instead of accuracy.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        I only skimmed the column,but did’nt he also say that all you have to do to is bunt to the opposite direction and you get a hit? Maybe it was CC. I only see shifts put on for good hitters
        or hitters in a slump as you tend to pull the ball trying to do something.Then again I rarely see TB unless it is againts the Sox.They seem to have a shift for every batter with no one on.

  7. SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    So, did Verducci then ask for a bench technical against the illegal D? Three-second call on the shortstop?

    • sabatimus - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Illegal shift, offense Number 76, 5-yard penalty, still 2nd down.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Next time, he gets an “unsportsmanlike sportswriting.” That’s a 15-yarder, isn’t it?

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