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Old 06-24-05, 11:56 AM
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Why don't more baseball players bunt against the infield shift?

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Old 06-24-05, 11:57 AM
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1) Bunting isn't sexy.
2) Bunting is a lost skill
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I'm honestly not sure how many big league guys can even lay down a decent bunt anymore.
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Old 06-24-05, 12:01 PM
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I would think that the managers would make them learn to bunt and after 10 bunt singles/maybe doubles in a row, the opposing team would stop using the shift.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
1) Bunting isn't sexy.
2) Bunting is a lost skill
Correct on all counts. Hell, you cant even lay down a decent bunt in any of the baseball video games. I have Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo on my team and neither of them can beat out a bunt, because 95% of the time they hit it right back to the pitcher.
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Old 06-24-05, 01:21 PM
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isn't it an unwritten rule? like stealing with a 10 run lead while the 1st baseman isn't holding you on? or bunting to break up a no-hitter?
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If the infield applies a shift to take advantage of a pull-hitter, exploiting the vulnerability is hardly breaking an unwritten rule.

The shift is usually only applied to big strong power hitters, and these guys can't bunt anyway. They're probably more likely to hit a home run than lay down a successful opposite-shift bunt, and that's fine because they get the big bucks to do exactly that.

Also, bunting to break up a no-hitter is okay in my book as long as the bunter's team is within a run or two. At that point, it's called "trying to win the game," not merely trying to break up a no hitter.

What I think is more unfair (and dangerous) is a batter who shows bunt and then pulls back to smack a scorcher at the charging third baseman. Better have quick reflexes!
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the only time that a bunt is sexy, is when its to break up a no hitter late in a game
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