As the beginning of the 2013 season starts, it’s now time for writers, broadcasters and the fans to start second guessing the managers decisions. I’ve had the privilege of watching Prince Fielder bat for a little over a year now, and I see managers shift the infield over to the first base side often, even though it doesn’t seem to work.
The 2013 season started off with a bang for the Detroit Tigers, scoring three runs in the first inning to take the lead over the Minnesota Twins. One of the runs came off the bat of the big man Fielder, who ripped one down the third base line to bring in Miguel Cabrera.
In 2012 Fielder had 51 hits in which he pulled the ball and 44 where he hit the ball to opposite field. Pretty even in my mind, but teams still feel the need to shift. Today it wouldn’t have mattered because it was right down the line, but as a whole I don’t understand why teams would shift on him.
Fielder is the type of player that can put the ball pretty much anywhere he wants on the field. He’s one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball for a reason, and he will eat up the third base line all day if you give it to him. I’ve seen him do it time and time again over the last year, I’m just wondering how long it will take for the league to catch on.
I’m of the philosophy of just play your game and make them beat you, don’t beat yourself. There are only a couple people in the league that I would shift for, and let’s just say Fielder isn’t one of them. If Joe Maddon were to read this he would probably freak out, but I don’t think it works against most players.
As a Tigers fan I honestly hope that teams never figure it out, but it will happen sooner or later. Until that day he will just have to continue racking up the hits and bringing in the runs.