Bunting ~ Because You Want To, Not Because You Have To!
In today's baseball, bunting has sometimes come to be synonymous with the term "small ball," quite often with the negative connotation that those players and teams relegated to using the bunt are unable to compete with the long ball.
As a player I played in the age of the wooden bat. The ability to "lay the ball down", was expected from all players, in the same category with an ability to hit, throw or run. These skills were instructed, not as a desperational choices, but as offensive weapons, to be used at any point in the ballgame. I never played for a coach, little league through college, who didn't teach them as a weapon. I have taught them as such for 38 seasons.
~ Consider These Reasons For Using The Bunt ~
Baseball Tips ~ From the Dugout
There is a general tendency for running too soon on a bunt attempt, particularly younger players.
They feel pressured to get out of the box quick, because the ball isn't traveling very far. In their rush to run, they make the contact portion of the skill more difficult, often resulting in a missed attempt, a pop up, or a ball right back at the pitcher.
Baseball instruction time, to get them to slow down and locate the placement of the ball before running, will provide great dividends.
Real estate agents say property is all about location, location, location! Laying the ball down is the same, location, location, location!
Take the time to locate the ball in the right spot, you will be successful.
As you develop your baseball coaching philosophy or your offensive skills as a player, consider "small ball" as a weapon and an important component to a productive offense, as well as, to a complete offensive baseball player.
~ Real Life Use Of Small Ball, From 2000 ~
We had a situation one year where one of our best hitters came from basketball with an injured back. At first he was unable to play at all, only stretch and go back inside, to the training room.
We started playing games without him. A couple of weeks into the schedule, he got the ok to play defense; but could not swing the bat. He was really excited, as were we. The lineup was such that there was already a player that we DH'd for, so the decision was made to insert our returner into the lineup, with the instructions to read the situation and lay the ball down, no matter what.
For the next 9 games he played under that restriction, hitting over .300 with short game base hits, numerous sacrifices and a couple of successful squeeze plays. It is all about placement of the ball and looking to see what the defense is providing you. He did it to perfection, and was able to fully contribute to the team, even with the injury, a win/win for everyone.
~ Additional Short Game Topics ~base hit
One additional hit, in every 10 at bats, the difference between a .200 or .300 avg. sacrifice
To be a successful bunter, a player needs to see bunting as a weapon, even a sacrifice bunt. fake bunt and steal
A great wrinkle to enhance the straight steal, providing your base runner with a little protection.
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