Bunting: Fake Bunt And Steal
Bunting, fake bunt and steal, a great wrinkle to enhance the running game, providing your base runner with a little protection on his attempt.
This play can be run with a runner on first, or second, or both first and second. It is also possible to use it to swipe home.
The base runner(s)gets his jump to steal the base. As the pitcher starts to deliver the ball, the batter squares to lay one down. This move alone creates defensive motion, which can become an offensive advantage. The batter is taking the pitch, and in so doing, draws the bat back from the strike zone at eye level, which essentially creates some vision issues for the catcher, as well as forces him to stay back.
The idea is to provide the base runner with as much of an advantage as possible.
In the photos at right, all the components to successfully utilize this skill, can be seen.
The base runner was Monte Irvin, of the NY Giants. Playing in the first World Series game of his career, this action came in the top of the first inning, of game one, which was held in Yankee Stadium. Pretty bold move!
Baseball Tips ~ From the Dugout
There are times, with a runner at second base, that looking to lay the ball down will draw the third baseman in, creating a uncontested route to third base.
I have seen it happen as far up as the Junior Varsity level in High School. Should it occur, it is a bonus. The true value in this play is to provide the base runner with an advantage by keeping the catcher back.
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