Tuesday, April 26, 2016
(4/26/2016 06:23:00 PM) - Al
Heard a lot the last couple days about teams playing 4 OF's, mostly with the Rockies and Coors Field.
One would have to wonder about the sanity of that being the best defensive alignment for 95% of players...however, for Chris Davis, and maybe a Bryce Harper and a few other fly ball prone sluggers, it might make sense.
The thing that keeps running through my mind is how stupid I guarantee you all old time football coaches thought 5, 6, and 7 man defensive backfields were. Now...they actually play 5+ DB's more than they play 4.
The odd thing to me is, teams have never tested this out in the minors, as they have so little data available, and certainly have no advance scouting.
I was just thinking a couple days ago, back when I played slow pitch softball, this would have been either the late 80's or early 90's, the other team had a guy hit HR's to LF/LCF twice. This was on a field with fields back to back, no fences. They were not deep fly balls, rather absolute rocket line drives, they hit the wet grass and just kept rolling. His 3rd time up, our manager, who had been playing 2B, called time. He started pointing at various OF's and moving them around. Then, he went out to short LCF, just over my left shoulder, but probably 20 yards behind me. Anyway, we ended up with 5 OF's (for those unaware, we played with 10 men in the field, some teams played a "rover," but most just played 4 OF's deep), 4 on LF side of 2B (well, I guess the CF was probably pretty much straight away CF). Our RF played in RCF, and played so deep, I don't think we could have talked had we yelled as loud as we could.
The irony? I have no idea where he hit the ball, or if we got him out. I do recall asking the manager if he wanted me to move, and his reply was "Just make sure he doesn't take your head off."
4/26/2016 06:23:00 PM