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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 12/6/18

On banning the shift; how DRC+ deals with Coors; Goldy to the Cards

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Major League Baseball is considering banning or limiting the shift, and it’s probably a solution in search of a problem. Offense has been mostly affected by strikeouts and not shifts, and league wide batting averages and BABIPs have stayed relatively stable. If they’re thinking of a change, maybe consider the mound or the strike zone?

Baseball Prospectus | Patrick Dubuque: We thought we had Coors Field figured out, until the introduction of DRC+. Now our assumptions about parks and the likes of Larry Walker and Todd Helton may be wrong, as the park may not have had the impact we thought it did.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: Paul Goldschmidt is on the Cardinals, and while that may be great for them, it’s definitely a disappointment for Arizona, despite the fact this along with trades for Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray could also jumpstart a rebuild. We thought he would be a DBack for life, and that still stinks.