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Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance

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An example of how a MLB team employs a defensive shift. In this case, the Cincinnati Reds' infield adjusts to defend the New York Mets' left-handed pull-hitter, Curtis Granderson.

Credit: Derick Gonzalez/The Wall Street Journal

Baseball's statisticians have long been looking for a way—any way—to figure out what a player is worth on defense. It was nothing less than the holy grail of baseball statistics.

From The Wall Street Journal
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