St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter did what many baseball fans have been asking hitters to do for a long time. With three Miami Marlins infielders shifted to the right side of the infield, the lefty-batter bunted to the left side and the result was a stand-up double.
Carpenter bunts for a double
MLB considers limiting defensive shifts
Baseball has been considering rules to limit the shift. The Atlantic League, which includes the Lancaster Barnstormers, has employed shift rules this season as an experiment in conjunction with MLB.
The Atlantic League requires two infielders to be on each side of second base when a pitcher throws and they cannot be on the outfield grass.
Some believe that will help with a game they believe has developed into boring contests with little action.
Should MLB limit defensive shifts?
But many traditional fans think that batters should just do what Carpenter did and hit the ball where the area the fielders have vacated.
Shift not new
For those who believe the shift is a new phenomenon, here's a photo from a 1956 game where the the Kansas City A's employ a shift against Mickey Mantle. Of course, the Yankee slugger's response was to hit a monster home run that nearly left Yankee Stadium.