Red Sox use loophole in new MLB shift rules against Joey Gallo

The Red Sox found out a loophole in MLB’s brand-new shift guidelines initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Along with the pitch clock, the prohibiting of the shift will be a substantial modification for Major League Baseball in 2023. But throughout Friday’s spring training video game versus the Minnesota Twins, the Boston Red Sox might have discovered a method around the brand-new guideline.

The shift restriction particularly uses to the infield as 2 infielders should be on either side of 2nd base and have both of their feet on the dirt when the pitch is launched. Since it does not use to outfielders, the Red Sox utilized a loophole when pull player Joey Gallo stepped to the plate.

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The Red Sox moved center fielder Adam Duvall into shallow ideal field behind 2nd baseman Enmanuel Valdez. Left fielder Raimel Tapia relocated to center and ideal fielder Alex Verdugo remained in his typical position.

Gallo drew a walk, so the shift didn’t wind up playing an aspect. Still, it’s a sneak peek of a loophole MLB groups might use throughout the 2023 season.

It’s likewise worth noting this loophole might provide the Red Sox an unique benefit moving forward. As previous Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks mentions, the Green Monster in left field at Fenway Park will enable them to utilize their outfield shift versus pull-happy left-handed players. It’s a dangerous relocation, however one that might settle most of the time.

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