New Age Defense
In the good old days, playing a hitter to pull meant sliding over a step or two to the pull field.
These days, video and statistical analysis has thoroughly changed the way some big league teams align their defense. This season, you can include the Tigers into that group.
When the Tigers hired Matt Martin as defensive coordinator, It signaled a change in philosophy for the Tigers defensively.
These days you’ll see everything from three defenders to one side of the bag, to the third baseman running across the diamond to play in short right field.
Martin admits that you may get burned in the short term every now and then, but long term, the numbers indicate that you steal some outs but by being creative with positioning.
So, don’t be surprised if the Tigers employ some no so conventional alignments this season.