I want to preface this article by saying that hitting the baseball is the most challenging thing to do in sports. However, if you are a Major League Baseball player, it’s part of the job.
The stories throughout the baseball world are minimal at this time because the players are still locked out of the league. At this point, it’s apparent we are going to miss games. The two sides are two far split with just a few days remaining before the deadline to start the year on time.
This means we are forced to care about players with sub .200 career batting averages like Joey Gallo. This week, Gallo, a career .206 hitter, was in the news because he wants MLB to ban the shift.
Joey Gallo Speaks Out
He said, “I get the defensive strategies. I do. I am 100 percent not against that… But I think at some point, you have to fix the game a little bit. I don’t understand how I’m supposed to hit a double or triple when I have six guys standing in the outfield.”
The shift has taken a lot of hits away from Joey Gallo over the years, and he is not the first player to speak out about defensive adjustments. Nevertheless, Gallo is a professional baseball player for the most prestigious franchise in the league.
Gallo has been in the show since 2015, when he was 21 years of age. It’s 2021, and he still has not made a single adjustment to go the other way.
I understand there are many people who want the shift to be limited in baseball. It can make the game less exciting from a fan perspective, but when a player with seven years of service time is complaining, I cannot support the argument.
As a professional baseball player for the Yankees, you should be talented enough to take the ball to left field as a left-handed hitter. The way to stop the shift is by going the other way, and Gallo cannot get the job done.
Baseball is a game of adjustments, and if you are in the show, you must adjust. However, it’s easier for Gallo to complain instead of going the other way.