PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are using defensive shifts under manager Ryne Sandberg, joining a trend that is spreading throughout the Major Leagues.
Were making a number of decisions on information as much as spray charts and tendencies and things like that and looking reports, Sandberg said before Tuesday nights game from the Blue Jays, a club that work day its defense more than almost all. Its been pretty effective the first time around actually applying it and trying this. It makes sense with certain players, with their tendencies. When you do not see a guy make an adjustment as well as swing the same way, it is an powerful defensive play.
Before games, Sandberg along with bench coach Larry Bowa look at spray charts and scouting reports for each hitter and also develop a strategy on how to guard them. They work with the particular infielders, and first-base coach Juan Samuel coordinates while using outfielders.
The infielders and the outfielders get that [information], and they engage in accordingly, Sandberg said. We produce adjustments depending on swings and depending on if the hitter bakes an adjustment or not.
The Phillies rarely shifted their defense with Charlie Manuel as manager. Sandberg said he or she did not think shifts has to be part of his defensive philosophy either, but he changed his mind before this springs Spring Training.
When its immediately in black and white, its worthy of something to apply it,In Sandberg said. This is something new personally. I really saw it last year applied a lot against us, so it made sense to look at of which closer and look at the facts and then try it. And its been successful.