Baseball’s Rule Change Shifts the Market for Left-Handed Pull Hitters

Upcoming rule changes in Major League Baseball may benefit a subsection of players who have signed new free agent deals this winter: Left-handed pull hitters, who have spent the past decade being victimized by baseball’s information age and increased efficiencies in defensive positioning. Baseball next season will ban the defensive shifts that have been especially haunting left-handed hitters in recent years. Shift victims—including former National League MVP Cody Bellinger, outfielders Andrew Benintendi and Joey Gallo, along with infielders Anthony Rizzo and Brandon Belt—may see an opportunity to improve their performance, and market value, due to the upcoming rule change.

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