MLB has its own spin on the "positionless" trends found in other sports.
Jake Arrieta unloaded on the Phillies' defensive shifting after a "horseshit" sweep in San Francisco. He's spot on, according to some metrics assessing the team's use of shifts.
The Shift is dying under an avalanche of walks.
What does it mean for the rest of the season?
After taking apart and examining twenty-six baseballs, a possible explanation for the rise in both home runs and pitcher blisters emerged: The laces in the newer baseballs are noticeably different.
Following numerous studies, an MLB commission has confirmed that the baseball has changed since mid-2015.