Meet the man who makes the Tigers’ shift work

If you’re ever allowed to attend a baseball game at Comerica Park again, keep an eye on the dugout. Look for a guy perched with a hand on the rail, white sheet of paper in one hand, his free hand waving left and right, up and down. He might just look familiar. And he might […]

The Cleveland Indians May Get the Last Laugh When it Comes to Franmil Reyes

Look at any tweet the Cleveland Indians’ team handle published this offseason, and you’ll find the replies are loaded with at least one of the following two demands. “Extend Francisco Lindor.” “Re-sign Yasiel Puig.” These are admittedly far more polite translations, but you get the point. Fans spent the winter voicing their frustration about the Tribe’s inactivity when […]

Aligned right: Major League Baseball’s infield shift trend has roots in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ten years ago, a one-hopper up the middle that got past a major league pitcher was almost certain to become a base hit in the center field grass. The same could be said for most screaming line drives pulled to right. But then the shift happened. Data displaying hitters’ tendencies became more […]

Roberto Pérez cemented himself as one of baseball’s best catchers

In 2016, Yasmani Grandal received an MVP vote from Travis Sawchik for his advanced defensive metrics, yet even in 2019, we do not give catchers their full due. As defensive metrics for catchers become more prominent, it has become easier to understand just how valuable certain backstops are to certain teams. We can now quantify […]

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