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Going the other way

Learning to go the other way might be another way of simply "breaking out"

Updated: May 8, 2009, 10:27 AM ET
By Chris Sprow | ESPN The Magazine

The first instance of "the shift" -- piling two-thirds of your defense on one side of the field to disrupt a pull hitter -- happened in 1946 when, in the second game of a double-header, Cleveland manager Lou Boudreau stacked six players on the right side of the infield when Ted Williams came to the plate. He did this because the splinter had cranked three home runs against his Indians in Game one. Fair enough.

The concept caught on, and Williams' numbers, though remaining gaudy, took ...

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