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Old 04-09-2018, 10:21 PM
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Count me in as well. I blame owners for this, since players clearly don’t learn this aspect of the game because they don’t think it hurts them at the negotiating table.

As far as %s go, I would think that the success rate of hitting an XBH is much lower than getting a bunt single against the shift. It strikes me as odd that a slugger is given credit for taking a 3-2 just out of the zone (even if the ump blows the call and rings him up), but can be criticized for bunting into an empty side of the infield. OBP is OBP. If playing for a walk is good, how can trying for a bunt single be bad?
Even beyond that--when a defense goes into a shift, they're essentially saying "we feel confident that there's no chance you can put the ball on that side of the field, so we won't even defend it." So by bunting--even if a player is awful at it and fails--they're at least now showing that they're willing to try and that defenses have to respect it.

If you're a defense, now you can't take them for granted as much--you can risk it, or maybe just abandon the shift against that player. Which could lead to more hits in the long run
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