Rob Manfred, new Major League Baseball commissioner, suggests ban on defensive shifts

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Rob Manfred has officially been reigned in as the new commissioner of Major League Baseball and he said something controversial in a sit-down interview this weekend with ESPN’s Karl Ravech …

Defensive shifts are largely used against pull hitters, so banning them would actually give those hitters an advantage. And how would a ban on shifts even be implemented? By confining players to designated fielding zones? It doesn’t sound like the new commish put a whole lot of research into this suggestion.

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