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Monday, April 17, 2017

Why Not Bunt?

I saw the first inning of the Cubs-Brewers game tonight.  The lead-off hitter for the Cubs bunted his way onto first base.  I didn't think much about it again until reading this day in baseball history.

Jackie Robinson got his first career hit on this day in 1947 - by bunting.  For the season he had 19 hits via the bunt in 42 attempts.  That's an average of .452.  It doesn't seem like a big difference, but without those at-bats he was hitting .285.  If he hit at a .285 clip for the other 42 at-bats that would have given him 12 hits.  By bunting he had 19.  Makes sense to keep doing that.

Check out this article about bunting with the bases empty -

http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2012/12/10/3748738/best-bunter-all-time-career-bunt-hits-bases-empty-mlb


Some names on the lists will surprise you.  Not many names from the last 20 years since bunting has changed a lot in the game.



3 comments:

  1. I've always been a pretty big fan of bunting for a hit when the situation dictates it (third baseman playing back, slow pitcher, etc). As a coach and a player, if I get a lead off guy on second, it's automatic to bunt him over. Same for first and second with no outs. But bunting for a hit is a very under rated in my opinion, especially in the MLB

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  2. I always liked the lefty using the drag bunt.

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  3. Damn... Lee Mazill was the man. Thought I knew me some Garvey... but didn't realize he was such an amazing bunter.

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