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Contrary to the way MLB is evolving I am a big proponent of bunting especially in youth baseball or softball (ages 8-12). Think about it. A nicely placed bunt toward 3rd base that slows or “dies” near the foul line is a tough play for experienced players. On the youth level it is especially tough for the 3rd baseman, pitcher or even the catcher to make the play. There are multiple types of bunts but I generally keep it to 2. The square bunt and the pivot bunt. The square bunt is when the batter adjusts his feet (& shoulders) so they are facing the pitcher. With the pivot bunt the batter pivots on the front of both feet so just the shoulders are square to the pitcher. I prefer teaching the pivot bunt. In a playoff game one of my players laid down a perfect bunt. However he was doing the square bunt and his foot was on home plate when he made contact with the ball so he was called out. Here are some other tips:
Some of the best all time bunters were: Matty Alou,Rod Carew and Pete Rose among others. Stats show that Carew attempted 126 bunts for hits and reached base 90 of those times for a whopping 72%. Another excellent but overlooked bunter was Mickey Mantle who knew exactly where to place the ball when he batted lefty with a drag bunt.
When organizations and coaches come to their senses and don’t rely on Sabermetrics 100% of the time, bunting will come back to MLB. Till then, coaches on the youth level should spend time teaching their players the skill and nuances of the great art of bunting.
Baserunning & Bunting Drills (video)
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