Spotted: Tampa Bay’s Most Elaborate Defensive Shift Yet

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One might suppose, looking at the graphic here of Tampa Bay’s defensive alignment from their game earlier on Sunday against Oakland, that Sun Sports’ producers have made an error of some sort.

In fact, that isn’t the case. Instead, what we have here is an entirely accurate representation of the Rays’ most extreme and creative shift to date — one which requires not one, but two, Kelly Johnsons.

Even more stirring, perhaps, is the following image — one which our Investigative Reporting Investigation Team was able to obtain via its secret network of agents and which reveals the club’s Ultimate Defensive Plan of the Future.

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10 years ago

They’ve actually been experimenting with this alignment for years using 7 Ben Zobrists.