Monday, February 16, 2015
Banning Defensive Shifts in Basball
The new commissioner in the MLB, Rob Manfred, could lead to new changes in the game that has seen very little change throughout time. Throughout its years baseball has clung to its historic ways, remaining true to the way the game has always been played. That is one of the major appeals of the game, its ability to withstand time and cling to its legendary history. The heroes of the past played the same game the rookies of today play. With that being said, Rob Manfred has recently said that he is thinking about banning shifts in baseball. Placing restrictive rules on a game that has succeeded with its simplistic rules for many years. Not only is the idea of changing the game so drastically a fear, but in the ways that he would do so is a whole another level of fear as a fan. Will he regulate where each position player must stand? Will there be a square that they can't leave until the ball is hit? It baffles me that such an idea could be placed into the historic game of baseball. If something like restricting managerial decisions on shifts will be taken out of the game, what is the next thing that will be taken from MLB baseball in an attempt to change a game that simply does not need to be changed? As fans of the game I am curious to hear your thoughts as well. If it occurs, will it be a positive or negative change for baseball?