Very good idea... in fact there should be 'competition' at every level in the program teaching this basic skill... it still blows me away sometimes to think this was automatic in high school to learn how to bunt properly...
This should happen at short season A ball... right up the ladder IMHO...
I use to do things like this for the high school team I coached. But I also extended it into the season, players and pitchers got points for certain things and lost points for certain things. The overall winner got a prize at the end of the year.
It was always a lot of fun and led to some healthy competition which always brings out the best in people
bunting is ok if..
the pitcher is up and a man is onkoyie hill is up and a man is onmaybe even if darwin barney is up
Its also ok to attempt every once in a while to bunt for a base hit (if you have the speed to pull it off). THat helps keep the infield in a bit at all times. This isa good tool for guys like Bourn.
Thats about it as far as my use of bunting goes.
<<I can't wait for the #5 or #6 hitter laying down a sacrifice >>
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Pitchers advancing in #Cubs bunt tourney include Beliveau, Castillo, McNutt, Dolis, Rhee, Rusin, Maine & Coleman
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<<The overall winner got a prize at the end of the year.>>
It's a good thing you didn't coach college. That would probably be an NCAA violation. ;)
Bunting is a lost art that should be used more often. If the infield plays a bit too far back, lay one down. If you're down by a run or tied in the 7th Inning on and a runner is on base you could absolutely lay one down depending on how the infield is playing and what ballpark you are playing in.
Those were someone else's words. (he knows I'm screwing with him)
I agree with you 100%.
It's good to see the Cubbies working on bunting & other fundamentals during ST !! I also heard they will be working on them during the season, as well!!! :o)
you sir... are correct.
Having confidence to be able to do something successfully always beats not having that confidence...
I don't think it's just your perception... players in the 60's and 70's had to climb from D ball to C ball and on up the ladder... if they weren't making themselves everything they could be - someone else who was passed them...
Now mega contracts dictate who gets moved up and how fast in too many cases... take a guy like Felix Pie ... he was still incredibly raw when he got to the MLB level... tools galore - but no discipline and too skimpy on the basics... nowadays 'skill set' and potential trump knowing how the game is played... head knowledge and discipline matter way less than 40 years ago...
off to work for me!! woohoo....
+++Now mega contracts dictate who gets moved up and how fast in too many cases... take a guy like Felix Pie ... he was still incredibly raw when he got to the MLB level... tools galore - but no discipline and too skimpy on the basics... nowadays 'skill set' and potential trump knowing how the game is played... head knowledge and discipline matter way less than 40 years ago...+++
Sad but true willy. I've been watching the 1985 World Series all this week and i was marvelling at the play of George Brett, there was a true professional, i get the feeling that if Howser had've asked him to bunt for a hit he would've without hesitation, even though he was a power/line drive hitter. That sort of player is few and far between in the big leagues these days.