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  • David Quattro

Bunting


BUNTING

The primary goal in bunting is to ground the ball into fair territory, as far from the infielders as possible. There are a different types of bunts: 1. Sacrifice bunt 2. Bunting for a base hit It is hard to say exactly when the bunt was introduced into baseball, but the technique now known as the 'bunt" was almost certainly invented by one of the sport's most famous early figures, Dickey Pearce. For much of his career, Pearce used his 'tricky hit' to tremendous effect as rules permitted it to roll foul and still be counted as a hit. The bunt was not common until the 1880s, and was not an accepted part of baseball strategy until the 20th century.

Bunting seems to go through its phases of acceptance coinciding with the dominance of pitching and hitting over the decades. During the dead ball era of the 1960's, bunting was an important offensive tool. More recently with "Sabermetrics" and the "Money Ball Era" the of the 1990's and 2000's, with teams such as the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, have stopped bunting almost entirely.

During each at bat a batter must take a few seconds to see where the third and first baseman are playing.

1. Right handed batters executing a bunt to third base, must angle the barrel of the bat in line with first base. Bunting the ball to first base a right handed batter, must angle the knob of the bat to third base. 2. Left handed batters executing a bunt to third base must angle the knob of the bat with first base. Bunting the ball to first base a left-handed batter, must angle the barrel of the bat to third base. 3. As the pitcher is releasing the ball , slide the top right hand up around the trademark sticker on the bat 4. Pinch the bat with the thumb and index finger, making sure your hand stays safely behind the bat. Your bottom and stays close the knob of the bat.

5. You should have your bat parallel to the ground at the top of the strike zone. If it is a low pitch, use your legs to get down to the ball.

6. Pitchers should never handle the bunt. A batter should aim for the foul lines. Aiming for the foul lines, makes the third baseman throw longer and from a more difficult angle.

#StayInSequence David Quattrociocchi


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