What’s the point of re-linking to a post from John Gruber when I’m not going to say anything new?
Because I’ve respected Joe Girardi for a long, long time. And this little quote is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
Want to ban the shift? Teach your players to hit the other way. Teach your players that going 1 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and a home-run isn’t as effective as 3 for 4 with 3 singles. Teach your shortstops to be 2nd basemen, and teach your 2nd basemen how to play 3rd base.
If the game is evolving too fast for Yankees management, then it’s time the team crashed and burned. Analytics haven’t ruined the sport — they’ve made it more diversified, more tactical. This is what baseball was built to be — it’s time teams took the game to the next level.