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Are teams really heavily shifting guys who can actually bunt and run a little bit (not that Cano is necessarily one of those guys, but at least he's not the lumbering hulk that a Giambi or Ortiz is, and as MI throughout his career he was probably pretty adept at bunting at some point even if he never does it now)? That would seem ripe for exploitation in the way Cano did here.
If that ever in fact happened I have to imagine it was some kind of swinging bunt, such that the ball ended up in shallow left field. Even all the way out at third base, if Lombardi were as slow as reputed, I'd have to think the pitcher could get there and throw him out in time. But they say players were a lot better at bunting in those days.
warked pretty well since he got a double but 2 out and nobody on is an odd time to get something started.
but I do wish there were more Ross Barnes/Roy Thomas types who were extremely adept at drag bunting
Bunting is definitely a deprecated skill nowadays; I wonder how many current MLB players can bunt with more proficiency than an average MLB player of, say, 1980? 30? 50?
I imagine Taylor was playing 3B and chased it into LF?
Does anyone drag bunt anymore?
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