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Is bunting considered "old softball"

Dec 15, 2018
256
63
CT
Going deep. Like Babe Ruth.
Sac bunts by HR hitters:

PlayerHRSH
Mel Ott51163
Babe Ruth71454
Ernie Banks51245
Eddie Mathews51236
Jimmie Foxx53422
Hank Aaron75521
Sammy Sosa60917
Frank Robinson58617
Alex Rodriguez69616
Mike Schmidt54816
Rafael Palmeiro56915
Mickey Mantle53614
Willie Mays66013
Reggie Jackson56313
Gary Sheffield5099
Ken Griffey Jr.6308
Willie McCovey5215
Barry Bonds7624
Mark McGwire5833
Ted Williams5213
Manny Ramirez5552
David Ortiz5412
Eddie Murray5042
Albert Pujols6561
Jim Thome6121
Harmon Killebrew5730
Frank Thomas5210

From article at: https://howtheyplay.com/team-sports/Babe-Ruth-King-of-the-Long-Ball-Could-Also-Play-Small-Ball

Kind of crazy that he bunted that much.
 
Feb 10, 2018
212
43
NoVA
Our current team is largely composed of power hitters. I did not think we had the overall team speed or number of lefty batters to really make small ball successful. Probably only two or three girls on the team, by the eye test, that I would consider fast or at least speedy. Besides, who needs small ball when you have the long ball...

Well, this past weekend our bats weren't really working. One of the teams had a very good pitcher--big, strong girl throwing gas. Hammering outside corner. Had an up pitch too. In pool play, we tied 1-1. The next day we met in the semi-finals. They pitched the same girl. Game seemed like it was going to fall into the same pattern, though we were having better quality ABs against her the second time around. Our head coach decided to change the script and went small. He was bunting our clean up hitter. We created chaos and exposed that the team could not field bunts very well. The pitcher, because of her size, was defensively useless. The catcher and third baseman were getting wore out on bunts up the first base line. Their first baseman was also big and slow to react. They could not adjust. The added defensive pressure also led to a number of throwing errors on their part. Looked like a track meet on the basepaths. We knocked the pitcher out of the game and won easily.

We won the finals using a similar strategy when the opposing team tried to neutralize the power in our line up by throwing primarily change ups. It was working pretty well for them, until it wasn't. We countered with small ball.

I know our head coach prefers the power game (though he will certainly sacrifice to move runners over at times), but well executed small ball (and opponent's poor ability to deal with same) was the difference for us this weekend. We have a station at almost every batting practice where every girl on the team is made to bunt all manner of pitches and get them down.
 
Dec 2, 2013
1,482
113
Texas
A team that can execute small ball when asked will do some damage. It drives me crazy when I see batter that can't lay down a bunt in sac bunt situation. They need to know there is a difference between a Sac bunt and a Sneaky bunt. I have witnessed many games that were from the result of Death by small ball. You can clearly see it unfold and the players cannot execute defensively especially in late, HOT games when the players are worn out.
 
Apr 20, 2018
1,973
113
SoCal
Sac bunts by HR hitters:

PlayerHRSH
Mel Ott51163
Babe Ruth71454
Ernie Banks51245
Eddie Mathews51236
Jimmie Foxx53422
Hank Aaron75521
Sammy Sosa60917
Frank Robinson58617
Alex Rodriguez69616
Mike Schmidt54816
Rafael Palmeiro56915
Mickey Mantle53614
Willie Mays66013
Reggie Jackson56313
Gary Sheffield5099
Ken Griffey Jr.6308
Willie McCovey5215
Barry Bonds7624
Mark McGwire5833
Ted Williams5213
Manny Ramirez5552
David Ortiz5412
Eddie Murray5042
Albert Pujols6561
Jim Thome6121
Harmon Killebrew5730
Frank Thomas5210

From article at: https://howtheyplay.com/team-sports/Babe-Ruth-King-of-the-Long-Ball-Could-Also-Play-Small-Ball

Kind of crazy that he bunted that much.
I cant imagine David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez sac bunting. Must have been very early in their careers.
 
Apr 20, 2018
1,973
113
SoCal
I see two big mistakes when sac bunting. Hitter squares around way too early and freezes and/or player does not get low enough and fails to get eyes around barrel height. Back knee should be fairly close to the ground.
 

RADcatcher

Possibilities & Opportunities!
Dec 13, 2019
2,355
113
California
Huh? I don't recall that.
Oops pardon me @uncdrew !

it was quincy
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My comment is small ball puts more pressure on 3rd.
Rocket shot at your face!
Or
Bunt you have to charge!

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Have seen those monster slow pitch hitters. Masher's!

Friend plays in an over 50 slow pitch womans league.
That smaller hard plastic ball and bats that add yardage...make the field an artillery range!
 
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NBECoach

Learning everyday
Aug 9, 2018
292
43
What the guy in right field said^^^^^^^
As the OP
OP stated "and don't waste outs bunting" which to me meant sac bunting but it appears to me 3/4 of the discussion is talking about bunting for basehits...two different things.
As the OP I say thanks for trying to bring the discussion back to the strategy of using the sacrifice .

There is the belief that if you play for 1 run odds are that's all you will score. I think that may apply in BB and u16 and above SB. At u14 and below your chances of scoring more than 1 time increase due to more errors by the defense.
 
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