May 22, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Carlos Santana (41) hits the game-winning two-run rbi double in the thirteenth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Indians defeated the Orioles 8-7 in thirteen innings. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana Beat "The Shift"?

Yes, folks, that is the great Ted Williams bunting against the shift for the Boston Red Sox. Williams, of the career .344/.482/.634 triple-slash, 525 doubles, 521 home runs, and 123.1 WAR (Baseball-Reference), was able to find a way to beat the shift.

I wrote earlier this week about the struggles of Carlos Santana. He, of course, is currently on the 7-day disabled list due to a concussion, which he sustained on Sunday in the 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. We all know that he is struggling, but which issue is causing it: “The Shift”, the low BABIP (.177), or is it something else?

So, if Ted Williams can do it, should teams be forcing the likes of Santana, Joey Votto, Adam Dunn, and David Ortiz to attempt the same thing? With so much field open on the left side of the infield for these dead-pull hitters, when does strategy overcome the status quo?

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Should Carlos Santana begin to bunt to overcome "The Shift"?

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  • Sufferfortribe

    The issues causing Santana to struggle at the plate?
    1) Wrapping the bat around his head, needlessly
    2) Looking at FB down the pipe, while swinging at breaking balls out of the zone (in other words–pitch recognition)
    3) The longest swing in baseball (he needs to be quicker to the ball)
    4) That silly high leg-kick, which has earned him the nickname “Tippy Toes”
    Did I forget anything else concerning our overrated “slugger”?