Spotted: Tampa Bay’s Most Elaborate Defensive Shift Yet

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One might suppose, looking at the graphic here of Tampa Bay’s defensive alignment from their game earlier on Sunday against Oakland, that Sun Sports’ producers have made an error of some sort.

In fact, that isn’t the case. Instead, what we have here is an entirely accurate representation of the Rays’ most extreme and creative shift to date — one which requires not one, but two, Kelly Johnsons.

Even more stirring, perhaps, is the following image — one which our Investigative Reporting Investigation Team was able to obtain via its secret network of agents and which reveals the club’s Ultimate Defensive Plan of the Future.

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  1. Josh says:

    They’ve actually been experimenting with this alignment for years using 7 Ben Zobrists.

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  2. JuanPierreDoesSteroids says:

    Surely, that grafic is a mistake. I just can’t believe that to be true.

    How can an MLB franchise be incompetent enough that Sean Rodriguez enters a game as the starting first baseman?

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  3. gryfyn1 says:

    has appleman been working on the positional adjustment for this shift?

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  4. AlexandertheMeh says:

    Maddon is obviously trying to balance out Johnson’s negative UZR at 2B with his positive one at LF. He’s such a genius!!!

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  5. David says:

    There are 5 Middle infielders in this starting lineup, including one at each corner outfield and one at first base (and a Jose Molina at catcher)… They scored 8 runs on 13 baserunners and 7 XBHs

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  6. MikeP says:

    It’s no big deal, this has been done before. “Now pitching for the Tea Totallers: Bugs Bunny. Playing first base: Bugs Bunny…”

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  7. Londo Narcissus says:

    Who’s the DH?

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  8. Evan says:

    “Ultimate Defensive Plan of the Future” should be effective against Chase Headley if they hire Cleavon Little as sheriff and build a fake tollbooth.

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  9. tonyrenaudo2222 says:

    kelly johnsons second favorite postion next to pitcher

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  10. Alan says:

    This happened in the Indians game a week or so ago as well.
    Check it out.

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