Checking in on Early Shift Trends- Are Some Teams Cutting Back in 2019? April 17th, 2019, SIS Featured Defensive shifting is alive and well to the point where it is now baseball normalcy. No longer are we stunned to see a defense reposition itself when a left-handed batter comes up, or even when we see the third baseman play what’s become known as “the slot” area in short right field. Yes, we know it’s early, but here are some shifting-related developments through the first few weeks of the 2019 season. Click here to read the rest of the article on TheAthletics.com.