Comparing bunting in baseball is a wasted argument. It’s a weapon in softballUnless you can bunt for a double it's a wasted at bat.
This is why professional MLB players do not lay down the bunt against the shift (or even hit the opposite way). It's not that they can't lay down the bunt or poke it the other way. What the cant do is lay it down/poke it for a double.
This is the point that many people don't understand about analytics.
Yes I understand that there are certain times you would bunt in a game but it's not a viable strategy against a real team (long term).
The odds of steeling 2B are often more favorable than getting a hit much less a double.Bunting is hard. You are better off spending the time practicing some other aspect (hitting) of the game that can help your team win.
Your goal as a batter is to reach second base. Bunting won't get you there. Walk plus a steal is a stretch. Ground balls have a low percentage for extra bases. What to do? hit the ball in the air as hard as you can.
The math will not change on that.
MLB is often used in this forum for reference as they are the best in the world at what they do and the games of fastpitch and baseball are similar.Comparing bunting in baseball is a wasted argument. It’s a weapon in softball