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The Mental Toll of Defensive Shifts

Related Topics: Ji-man Choi, Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana knows a different game of baseball than almost anyone else in the game.

Last year, Santana was shifted 98.3% of the time. When he stepped to the plate and looked out to the field for an area where he could put the ball in play, he almost exclusively saw defenders knowingly lining up right where he’s likely to hit the ball.

According to Baseball Savant, no player in the game was shifted more last year than Santana. When you look down the leaderboard list, you start to see some more familiar names that have recently become relevant.