Cardinals Enjoy Employing The Shift

Carson Kelly (Photo by Larry Goren)
Carson Kelly (Photo by Larry Goren)

ST. LOUISMore than a decade ago, the Cardinals attempted to lobby one of their young, idling catchers to make a shift to the mound. Big league manager Mike Matheny, then the Cardinals' catcher, recalls the one-word view he had on molding Jason Motte into a pitcher: “radical."

Now there's another description within the same organization: common.

Since they moved Motte to the mound and allowed Rick Ankiel to reinvent himself as an outfielder, the Cardinals' rate of conversion has increased. This year alone, the Cardinals have moved Kolten Wong from second base to center field—on the job. Sam Tuivailala, a former third baseman, has had a few cameos in the majors as a reliever.

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