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Postby Arlo » Tue Jun 25, 2002 11:44 am

Name the manager credited with first employing this strategy.
Last edited by Arlo on Wed Jun 26, 2002 4:27 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby chuckr37 » Tue Jun 25, 2002 8:52 pm

How about Lou Boudreau?
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Postby Arlo » Wed Jun 26, 2002 4:27 am

Bingo. I had a feeling that this would be too easy... so much for the off-speed stuff! :-D
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Postby EugeneStyles » Thu Jun 27, 2002 8:35 pm

What exactly is the Williams shift?
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Postby Arlo » Fri Jun 28, 2002 7:11 am

Ted Williams used to hit over 85% (his estimate) of his hits to the rightfield side. In the second game of a double-header, Lou Boudreau played the rightfielder and the first baseman right on the line, shifted the 3b behind second base, the ss between 1st and 2nd, the 2b into shallow right and moved the cf to right-center.

Williams walked on four straight pitches, but the shift (or versions thereof) was picked up by other managers and became a huge media issue (adding more fuel to Williams' stormy relationship with the press).

Even though the shift can't be considered to have been terribly succesful, give Boudreau credit for being creitive and trying an unorthodox strategy.
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