Where is the Third Baseman in an Overshift?


Bill Ludwig from British Columbia, Canada asks:

Why are the Blue Jays playing against the Red Sox without a third baseman?

Although impossible to know without seeing the actual situation, chances are this occurred when the Blue Jay's defense was in an overshift against one of the Red Sox's left-handed batters who often pulls the ball to right field. This is becoming a common occurrence in Major League Baseball and often what will happen is the second baseman will move to shallow right field, the shortstop will move to the right of second base, and the third baseman will replace the shortstop's positioning, giving the appearance of no third baseman.   

Answered by: Jonathan Bravo

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