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RTB Atlanta - A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

If you're looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Atlanta, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails - they'll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Atlanta, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.

Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you're organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we've seen and done it all, and we're here to serve you as well.

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Here's a quick snapshot of what we can do for you:

Full-Service Packages

Full-Service Packages

we'll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we're done. We'll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.

Brand Activations

Brand Activations

Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don't just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Atlanta. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.

Weddings

Weddings

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you'll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We've got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest's glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.

Mobile Bar Rentals

Mobile Bar Rentals

If you're looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Atlanta, look no further than RTB. We've built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we'll handle every detail - from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.

Bartenders

Bartenders

Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Atlanta, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.

Why Choose Raising the Bar?

RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn't just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party - we're here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we're here to help.

At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.

Bar Rentals in Atlanta, GA

The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there's an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup - bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.

We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Atlanta. Our doesn't just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.

Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:

  • Set Up Bar Rental
  • Handle Purchase Orders
  • Arrange for Alcohol Delivery
  • Ensure Bar is Stocked
  • Maintain Excellent Quality Control
  • Provide Fully Trained, Fun Bartenders
  • Provide Cash Control and Inventory Management
  • Custom Cocktail Creation
  • Provide a Fun, Memorable Bar Rental Experience
  • Collect Glassware After Event Ends
  • Break Down Bar and Clean Up After Event Ends
 Bartenders For Parties Atlanta, GA

Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn't provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.

At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can't go wrong with Raising the Bar.

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Benefits of Bar Rentals in Atlanta

We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We're in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our bar rentals in Atlanta:

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company's logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout - we'd love to hear what you're thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.

Less Stress

Less Stress

Planning a party can be a blast, that's for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go - from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You've got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the "nitty-gritty" while you focus on enjoying your event.

Save Money

Save Money

Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.

Bartender Staffing in Atlanta, GA

At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won't suck the life out of your party - we'll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.

 Bar Rentals & Bartender Staffing Atlanta, GA

Curious what kind of events our bartenders can help cover?

Here are just a few of our specialties:
 Portable Bar Rental Atlanta, GA
Bartenders for Weddings in Atlanta

We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say "I Do" without worrying about your drink service.

 Bar Rentals Atlanta, GA
Bartenders for Corporate Functions in Atlanta

RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.

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Bartenders for Social Gatherings in Atlanta

Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.

 Mobile Bar Service Atlanta, GA
Bartenders for Private Events in Atlanta

Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you're thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.

Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more "out of the box" events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mixology Classes
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Beer and Wine Sommelier
  • Bourbon Master
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Build Your Own Mule Bar
 Bar Service Atlanta, GA

Concessions Services in Atlanta, GA

In addition to bar rentals in Atlanta, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event

For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Atlanta's most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.

 Bartenders For Events Atlanta, GA

We're Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

Ready to learn more about how Raising the Bar can transform your boring party into a fun, exciting party?

Our team of experts is ready to help you get started. Contact our office in Atlanta today at 404-826-5945. Before you know it, you'll be sipping a craft cocktail next to a branded bar rental while your guests rave about your amazing event.

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How to view Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse

ATLANTA — The second total lunar eclipse of 2022 takes place pre-dawn Tuesday morning, and it will be our last chance to see a total lunar eclipse until March 14, 2025. There will be a handful of partial lunar eclipses between now and 2025.A total lunar eclipse happens when the sun, earth, and moon align. Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon....

ATLANTA — The second total lunar eclipse of 2022 takes place pre-dawn Tuesday morning, and it will be our last chance to see a total lunar eclipse until March 14, 2025. There will be a handful of partial lunar eclipses between now and 2025.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the sun, earth, and moon align. Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon. This casts the earth's shadow onto the moon's surface and makes the moon appear red.

Total lunar eclipses are referred to as "blood moon" because of the red hue on the moon when it's fully eclipsed.

The total eclipse begins at 5:16 a.m. EST on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 8. Maximum eclipse, when the moon is the deepest shade of red, will be at 5:59 a.m. EST.

Totality lasts only an hour and a half. The total eclipse ends at 6:41 a.m. EST shortly before the moon sets at 7:10 a.m. EST.

Because the eclipse will be occurring so close to moonset, best viewing will likely be closer to the beginning or peak of total eclipse. By the end of total eclipse at 6:41 a.m., the sky may not be completely dark.

Unlike a solar eclipse, lunar eclipses are visible to the naked eye. A telescope or binoculars would enhance the show.

Look to the west: the eclipse will be occurring close to moonset, so the moon will be close to the horizon. This could make for trickier viewing because of trees.

For the best view, seek out a dark location with minimal light pollution.

Viewing across North Georgia won't be optimal, but the forecast still gives plenty of opportunity! Clouds will be clearing, and mostly-clear to partly-cloudy conditions are expected.

Patchy fog could inhibit viewing in locations where it develops. Fog is most likely close to sunrise.

Temperatures will be comfortable enough to go out with only a light sweater or even no jacket at all. We'll sit in the low to mid 60s.

If the weather (or the trees) get in the way of your view, there are a number of ways to view the eclipse online. The Lowell Observatory will be doing a live stream.

Metro Atlanta voting locations staying open late | Georgia midterms 2022

Polling locations can only extend their time past 7 p.m. under a court order.ATLANTA — Georgia voters are off to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballot in the 2022 midterm election. On the ballot are such positions as state governor and a U.S. Senate seat, among other ...

Polling locations can only extend their time past 7 p.m. under a court order.

ATLANTA — Georgia voters are off to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballot in the 2022 midterm election. On the ballot are such positions as state governor and a U.S. Senate seat, among other statewide races that can shape the future of the Peach State.

The polls opened from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, delays or hiccups could extend that period.

Below are the polling locations that will be open later.

11Alive wants to hear from you. Have you encountered any problems at the polls? Let us know by texting 404-885-7600.

Voting times have been extended at one DeKalb County polling location.

People will have more time to vote at Solid Rock AME Zion Church. The DeKalb County Superior Court extended the period, allowing the polling location to remain open until 7:39 p.m.

Any voters who arrive at the church, located at 4065 Snapfinger Road, by 7:39 p.m. this Election Day will be able to cast a ballot, even if there's a line, officials said.

"An early morning operational delay resulted in a 39-minute delay for voters," DeKalb VRE Executive Director Keisha Smith said. "Overall, we have experienced a relatively smooth Election Day thus far and look forward to quickly addressing any issues that might impact our voters casting ballots today."

Voters can check wait times at DeKalb County precincts using this map. Make sure to click the "wait times" tab in the bottom left corner.

A second DeKalb location, Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church, will stay open until 7:40 p.m. Any voter who arrive to the church at that time will be allowed to cast a ballot.

“While we were able to resolve a technical issue at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church polling location, there was a 40-minute delay for some voters earlier today,” said Smith. “We want to thank the voters for their patience and the poll workers for their diligence as we work to ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to cast a ballot on Election Day.”

Two Cobb County voting precincts will be extending their hours on Tuesday after delays opening, according to officials. Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole signed the order Tuesday allowing for the adjusted close time.

Oregon 03 precinct at the Fair Oaks Community Center will accept in-person voting until 7:06 p.m. The Marietta polling location, located at 1465 W Booth Rd Ext SW, will allow people to get in line until that time.

Ben Roberston Community Center will be open until 7:45 p.m. Known as the Kennesaw 3A precinct. Voters must be in line at the rec-center-turned-polling-location at 2753 Watts Dr. Kennesaw by the court-ordered closing time to cast their votes.

People can find their voting precinct in Cobb County under the Election Day section of the county website.

11Alive is committed to helping you vote confidently by understanding the 2022 election issues that impact you. Our goal is to educate and inform our audience about the election process. We plan to do that by verifying facts, providing context, and explaining the system.

You can read our full mission statement online. In addition, get more election resources here at 11alive.com/vote.

World Series pizza pies delivered to Houston Astros by previous year's winners Atlanta Braves

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Some baseball traditions are hard to drop. For example, you always douse the slugger who blasted the walk-off homer with the dugout cooler water, or you're never ever going to mention that a pitcher is throwing a perfect game before the final out.So, when the Houston Astros clinched their hard-earned World Series championship, there was a certainty that stacks and stacks of pizza pies would soon show up at their doorstep.And on Wednesday, that's exactly what the organization's front office got. The team...

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Some baseball traditions are hard to drop. For example, you always douse the slugger who blasted the walk-off homer with the dugout cooler water, or you're never ever going to mention that a pitcher is throwing a perfect game before the final out.

So, when the Houston Astros clinched their hard-earned World Series championship, there was a certainty that stacks and stacks of pizza pies would soon show up at their doorstep.

And on Wednesday, that's exactly what the organization's front office got. The team posted on Twitter a photo of pizza boxes, with two of them open to reveal some cheese, bready goodness.

The video above is from October 2018, when the Astros sent the Red Sox some championship pie.

Who sent those pies? Well, it's a team that prevented the 'Stros from getting those pizzas a year earlier.

"Special thanks to the (Atlanta Braves) for sending pizza to the Astros front office staff today," the ball club tweeted.

Special thanks to the @Braves for sending pizza to the Astros front office staff today. pic.twitter.com/8Fjr3G9UMJ

%u2014 Houston Astros (@astros) November 9, 2022

The Braves and the Astros continued a new post-championship tradition that has gone on for not a lot of time before.

The story goes that the Boston Red Sox, who won the 2013 World Series, sent a congratulatory feast to the following year's winner, the San Francisco Giants.

And the Giants did the same the following year, bestowing 2015 champs Kansas City Royals with some 'za. And the Royals to the Cubs, and then the Cubs to the Astros, and the Astros to the Red Sox, and so on.

Huge thank you to the @Cubs for continuing the #WorldSeries tradition of sending our front office a bunch of pizza! %uD83D%uDE4C pic.twitter.com/0sMKHVZ9wX

%u2014 Houston Astros (@astros) November 3, 2017

The pizzas weren't shipped cross-country. No, typically a popular pizzeria in the winner's town takes up that privilege, and by the looks of the 417 Travis address on the Astros' pizza boxes, popular outlet Frank's Pizza in downtown Houston fulfilled the order.

Now the question that remains: what happens if the reigning World Series champions repeat? Do they buy themselves pizza?

The Astros and their fans may find out after the 2023 season is said and done.

2022 Atlanta Braves Season in Review: Touki Toussaint

Touki Toussaint was another once-famed pitching prospect for the Atlanta Braves, but simply was unable to ever put it all together while with the club. He was passed by younger options on the internal depth chart and was eventually traded to the Angels for a fresh start.The Braves acquired Touki Toussaint and Bronson Arroyo from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Phil Gosselin back during t...

Touki Toussaint was another once-famed pitching prospect for the Atlanta Braves, but simply was unable to ever put it all together while with the club. He was passed by younger options on the internal depth chart and was eventually traded to the Angels for a fresh start.

The Braves acquired Touki Toussaint and Bronson Arroyo from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Phil Gosselin back during the 2015 season. Amusingly, Gosselin returned to the Braves in a major league capacity this year, while Toussaint failed to make an appearance for the big-league Braves in 2022 for the first time in five seasons.

Atlanta designated Toussaint for assignment on July 2 and he was traded to the Angels the next day for cash considerations.

Toussaint came into the spring as part of the group of pitchers that were hopeful of landing one of the final spots in the Braves rotation. He hadn’t shown any real effectiveness at the major league level since his debut season in 2018, and pitched a career-high 50 innings with -0.2 fWAR and a good-for-him-but-not-so-much-in-general 108 xFIP- last year. Consequently, he was projected as a replacement level-type arm before the season began.

Atlanta optioned Toussaint to minor league camp in late March and he began the season at Gwinnett. He was recalled to the major league roster on April 19 as the Braves tried to shuffle in fresh arms after a series of short outings by their starters. However, his stay was a short one, as he was returned to Gwinnett two days later without appearing in a game.

Toussaint struggled to find his footing with Gwinnett this time around, struggling with a 6.26 ERA, 5.31 FIP, and 4.00 xFIP while allowing 42 hits in 41 2/3 innings. He was more effective in a smaller sample at Triple-A in 2021, as well as in 2018.

The trade to the Angels, provided Toussaint with a fresh start and he appeared in eight games down the stretch, including a pair of starts. The on-field results weren’t great following the trade (4.62 ERA, 4.81 FIP, 19 BB in 25 1/3 innings), but it was better than spinning his wheels at Gwinnett in the same situation as the last three seasons. He finished 2022 with 0.0 fWAR and a 117/119/121 line (ERA-/FIP-/xFIP-) that is basically exactly the same thing he had done in the majors prior to 2022.

Toussaint didn’t throw a pitch at the major league level for the Braves in 2022 so for that reason, so there’s not much to talk about here. He did go somewhere where he’ll get more of an opportunity to contribute, so for that reason, the trade seems like a positive.

Overall, Toussaint’s issues are not unlike those faced by some other pitchers that have failed to make an impact for the Braves: his secondaries (curve and split) are quite good, but the fastball stuff is abominable. Over the years, Toussaint has experimented with trading his sinker for a four-seamer and back again, throwing both, being a curve-first guy, and so on, but none of it has really helped. His command is generally horrible and his fastballs don’t do anything, and he has, for whatever reason, never transitioned to a curve-split-only approach, mostly maintaining a multi-pitch mix for better or worse (mostly worse). When he has honed his command somewhat, it’s resulted in his fastballs being thrown down the middle (with some better location for his secondaries), but even 2022 was a great example of his persistent issues: he actually got his split to consistently land around the bottom edge to great effect, and the curveball was wicked despite going all over the place, but the sinker didn’t really sink, missed the zone too often, and was right down the pipe when it wasn’t. Woof.

Toussaint will go to Spring Training in hopes of finding a role on the Angels’ pitching staff. A full-time move to the bullpen might be the proper balm at this point. Still, he’s gotta figure out how to actually get major league hitters out with what he has, or develop something else, because we’re now nearly 3,000 pitches into his major league career and his inputs and outputs look like this:

What in the Sam Hilliard? Rockies, Braves Make Offseason’s First Trade

The Rockies and Braves wasted little time in kicking off the offseason trade market. On Sunday, just one day after the World Series came to a thrilling conclusion, the clubs made a one-for-one swap: Sam Hilliard for D...

The Rockies and Braves wasted little time in kicking off the offseason trade market. On Sunday, just one day after the World Series came to a thrilling conclusion, the clubs made a one-for-one swap: Sam Hilliard for Dylan Spain. And while the move’s significance paled in comparison to the the major transaction of the day, Edwin Díaz’s extension with the Mets, there is more to it than meets the eye.

For many Braves fans, their biggest concern might be how the team chooses to fill the Dansby Swanson-shaped hole at shortstop. Currently, our depth charts have rookie standout Vaughn Grissom soaking up 74% of the innings at short. But though he fared quite well with the bat in his major league audition, to the tune of a 121 wRC+, the 21-year-old graded out as a net negative at second base this year. His mark of -5 Outs Above Average (OAA) at the position, typically thought to be the easier of the middle infield spots to defend, does not portend success at short.

The larger question mark for the Braves might be in left field, though. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Michael Harris II are locked into right and center, but there is no clear choice for the club in left. As Marcell Ozuna and Eddie Rosario floundered, Atlanta’s left fielders this year cost the team 0.8 WAR, tied with the lowly Rangers for the worst mark in the league. Hilliard can play all three outfield spots but has played the most in left and grades out best there in terms of OAA, Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), and Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). He provides the Braves with meaningful depth at their weakest position, well worth the cost of a 24-year-old relief prospect in Spain, who spent the year amassing a 5.30 ERA in High-A.

The Rockies, meanwhile, are engulfed in a seemingly endless rebuild and jumped at the opportunity to unload the 28-year-old Hilliard, who is out of options. But they may have moved too quickly. Despite his age, Hilliard still comes with up to five additional years of team control and a solid Triple-A track record. Through 930 career plate appearances at the highest level of the minors, he has mashed 62 homers en route to a .264/.344/.574 slash and a 115 wRC+. That last figure is a bit deflated thanks to the hitter-friendly nature of the PCL, but it’s hard to ignore a .310 ISO. He’s also chipped in 32 steals and been caught just seven times.

Through 639 major league PAs, Hilliard hasn’t hit nearly as well; his slash of .212/.294/.423 despite playing at Coors Field has been good for just a 77 wRC+. But his defense has been solid, as he’s come in above average in DRS and UZR and right around average in OAA. He’s also been caught just once in 16 stolen base attempts, boosting his baserunning runs above average to seven. His speed and defensive versatility make him a contender for the Braves’ fourth outfielder spot and, as a lefty, for the occasional spell of righties Ozuna and William Contreras in left field and at DH, respectively.

But Hilliard’s bat also has some upside that the shift ban just might unearth. I was interested in looking at his performance in the context of traditional shift data, which I helped aggregate in my time as a video scout at Sports Info Solutions. There are three types of traditional shifts: when three infielders play on the pull side; when at least two infielders are playing significantly out of position toward the pull side; and when one infielder is playing 10 or more feet into the outfield (typically the second baseman). When it came to 2022 Sam Hilliard, teams usually played him with three infielders on the right side; sometimes the second fielder on the right side, typically the second baseman, played in the outfield:

This year, Hilliard hit 103 balls in play against traditional shifts. There were 269 other players who hit at least 100 balls in play against traditional shifts. For those players, I examined the ratio of traditional shifts to no-shift fielding alignments against them on balls in play. I excluded non-traditional shifts, such as corners in, because they are rare and do not serve to take away hits from the pull side like traditional shifts. Out of those 269 players, Hilliard ranked 27th, with an average of 20.6 traditional shifts per every no-shift against him. In other words, he was in the 90th percentile in terms of how often his balls in play were traditionally shifted. That makes sense: He hit 53 fair grounders this year, and 27 of them were pulled. Only five went to the opposite field.

Spray AngleType2022 wOBA2022 xwOBA2022 n
<= -15°Oppo0.3600.1995
> -15° & < 15°Cent0.3860.27221
>= 15°Pull0.1330.19027
Spray AngleTypeCareer wOBACareer xwOBACareer n
<= -15°Oppo0.6290.16914
> -15° & < 15°Cent0.2840.23757
>= 15°Pull0.1760.19894

Hilliard’s hard-hit rate of 34.0% against the traditional shift ranked 25th of the 270 hitters from above. Given the massive shifting and the hard-hit balls that they gobbled up, it makes sense that he underperformed his xwOBA on pulled grounders. And given the hole on the left side and the space up the middle, he was bound to overperform his xwOBA on all other grounders. Knowing this, he tried to adjust, lowering the proportion of his grounders that were pulled every year he was in the majors:

But this may have had an unfortunate side effect: lowering his pull rate on all other balls in play as well.

This culminated in an especially large drop in pull rate this year — one that likely sunk his overall line due to his success on pulled fly balls throughout his career:

Spray AngleType2022 wOBA2022 xwOBA2022 n
<= -15°Oppo0.1130.08316
> -15° & < 15°Cent0.4160.62535
>= 15°Pull0.4430.54315
Spray AngleTypeCareer wOBACareer xwOBACareer n
<= -15°Oppo0.460.28746
> -15° & < 15°Cent0.4320.53995
>= 15°Pull0.9290.79356

With the shift ban, Hilliard will no longer have to try to push his grounders the other way, and in doing so, it’s likely that fewer of his fly balls will end up hit to the left side as well. With a higher wOBA on pulled grounders and more pulled flyballs coming his way, he seems like a worthy low-cost gamble for the Braves. Had the Rockies held onto him just a bit longer, he may have improved and brought back a decent trade deadline haul for them. As it stands, they chose to cut their losses and take what they could get.

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