Johnny Damon’s Stealing: Do the Phillies Need a Change of Shift?

Posted: 3rd November 2009 by Jason Lempert in MLB
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Once again, a New York Yankee made postseason history. This time, it was Johnny Damon in Game Four of the World Series. After Damon reached on a single in the top of the ninth inning, switch-hitting Mark Teixeira came to bat from the left side against the righty Brad Lidge.á Logically, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel employed the "shift," which is customarily used against a dead-pull left-handed hitter. The second baseman takes position deep in the hole between second and first. The shortstop plays on the right side of second base, and the third baseman plays at the shortstop position. Well, Damon put quite a monkey wrench in this defensive alignment. On a 1-0 count, Damon took off for second base. After safely stealing the bag, Damon popped up from his slide to see no one was covering th ...

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