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Tyler O'Neill would like you to know he does not bring his phone to the outfield

(Dilip Vishwanat)

Shifts have become a huge part of baseball in 2018, as teams look to deploy the optimal defensive positioning for hitters depending on their batted-ball tendencies. While shifts are often most exaggerated in the infield, outfielders are also adjusting their position for every hitter, albeit in more subtle ways. Many outfielders in today's game carry a small card with them that indicates where to position themselves for each batter. Amusingly, some people misinterpret those cards as something else. Fortunately, Cardinals rookie Tyler O'Neill is here to clear things up: 

Here are some other highlights from our favorite players on social media over the last week ...
It's been a few weeks since Chris Archer was traded from the Rays to the Pirates, but that hasn't stopped Archer from staying close with Blake Snell:

Pirates Minor League pitcher Steven Brault was in awe watching Max Scherzer pitch:

Padres rookie reliever Robert Stock throws pretty hard, and he knows it:

Dansby Swanson can't believe his relationship with his double-play partner Ozzie Albies didn't make the final cut of a classic film:

In 2018, it's not about making it on television -- it's about making it on Pitching Ninja:

Earlier this year, it was announced that nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul bought an ownership stake in his hometown Winston-Salem Dash, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the White Sox. Paul stopped by the Dash game this week, and White Sox prospect Gavin Sheets -- who, like Paul, played his college ball at Wake Forest -- got a picture:

Mariners pitcher Sam Tuivailala is apparently rather vocal when he plays Fortnite:

Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer was happy to see a familiar face in the batter's box when the Tigers faced the White Sox: Daniel Palka, his college teammate of three years at Georgia Tech.

Hopefully Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund can get some more rest at whatever hotel he stays at next: