Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The situation: tie game, men on first and second, no outs. Johnny Damon (he of the 25 home runs and the poor bunting history) is at the plate.

Damon bunts: foul, strike one.
Damon bunts: foul, strike two.
Damon bunts!!!!!!: sacrifice

The runners move up, everyone congratulates Damon... and the Angels promptly walk Mark Texieria with first base open.

If it were Brett Gardner, Ramiro Pena, or say Jose Molina at the plate, OK, fine, sacrifice away. Damon has a shot to win the game there, and even a deep fly gets the man to third with one out.

The double-play will still be in effect because of course the Angels walk Tex.

Sometimes this year it seems Girardi has fallen in love with the bunt (especially with Jeter) but it's such a poor percentage play that he needs to knock it off.

Also it could be just me, but it seems they mostly bunt against the Angels and Rays, teams built on small/Ozzie/slap/speed-ball.

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posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 4:38 PM   5 comments


At 9/23/2009 7:29 PM, Blogger Rex Banner said...

Ha ha, Yanks are in first place with the best record in baseball and you're bitching about the way they are being managed? Classic!

You should just become the manager - they would never lose a game.

At 9/24/2009 8:16 AM, Blogger Karen said...

I think Jeter bunts on his own (or this is what the YES guys speculate, and which I dislike mostly because Michael Kay will harp on it for at least an entire inning) and I'm wondering if he does it because he has tendencies to hit ground balls (i.e. double plays). But there was a game against Texas a few weeks ago where the Yanks were rallying, where Swisher bunted with two runners on in the 9th and it was an epic fail. Of course, if he'd succeeded, Melky probably wouldn't have lined into a DP in the next AB. But still. Some guys should NOT be bunting. At all.

At 9/24/2009 9:25 AM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

Karen: Yep, the Swisher debacle is another one that pissed me off.

At 9/24/2009 9:25 AM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

Rex: yes they would lose a game, just not as many.

At 9/24/2009 9:29 AM, Blogger Rex Banner said...

Ha ha, I'm fairly certain they would lose more with you than with either Joe - Torre or Girardi. There's a great reason why your job is not in baseball.


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