MLB fans were up in arms on Friday afternoon because of an absurd shift used during a Spring Training game.
The league may have changed the rules on shifting in the off-season, but it doesn’t appear to be deterring teams away from making adjustments.
The Boston Red Sox played the Minnesota Twins on Friday afternoon. Twins batter Joey Gallo, no stranger to the shift or hitting issues, stepped into the box. I’m not sure Gallo or anyone could have foreseen the alignment that the Red Sox decided to trot out.
“Believe this is the first time I’ve seen a shifted outfielder this camp,” wrote Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. The Twins reporter continued, “Red Sox rearranging their outfield alignment to put an extra man on the right side against, of course, Joey Gallo.”
Believe this is the first time I’ve seen a shifted outfielder this camp. Red Sox rearranging their outfield alignment to put an extra man on the right side against, of course, Joey Gallo. pic.twitter.com/SQPuHx75Aj
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) March 3, 2023
So the entire outfield moved over to the right side. There are only two outfielders in play: In centerfield and right field.
MLB fans reacted to the crazy shift.
One fan suggested a “fun twist” to this.
Fun twist on this: They should only allow the outfielders to shift over 1 spot – a main part of banning the shift is having to wait for guys getting into position.
Make the RF the only OF allowed to come in and the LF has to play CF, CF in RF. Sounds fun. https://t.co/jxyb9ojok0
— ZG (@ZGordz) March 3, 2023
Former pitcher David Aardsma was one of the few who liked it!
Absolutely love it, if you dont like it be a more complete hitter. Or how about this, draft, develop or find more complete hitters. https://t.co/C8aYRephPj
— David Aardsma (@TheDA53) March 3, 2023
Another fan said, “The Shift is inevitable to Joey Gallo.” Hard to argue!
The Shift is inevitable to Joey Gallo https://t.co/d2dCjASJG1
— Jose Bouquett🇻🇪 (@josebouquett) March 3, 2023
Radio host Matt Spiegel seemed to know this was coming.
Hey, would you look at that. There’s the outfield shift we knew would come. If it happens a lot, MLB could and May find a way to ban it. https://t.co/EtItdoc3I0
— M@ (@MattSpiegel670) March 3, 2023
And finally, radio host Lori Robinson said, “Because why wouldn’t you still find a way to shift Joey Gallo and make him prove he can hit the other way?’
Because why wouldn’t you still find a way to shift Joey Gallo and make him prove he can hit the other way? https://t.co/MDvOpMAqZ8
— Lori Rubinson (@LRubinson) March 3, 2023