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07-11

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BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier
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Chris Mosch

06-27

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-20

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-13

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-06

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/16
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-30

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Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/30
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-16

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/16
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-02

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Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/2
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Ben Lindbergh

04-25

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 4/25
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Ben Lindbergh

07-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 237: Stats That Won't Last/No-Hitters and No-Walkers/The Worst Shortstop Ever/A Pitcher Who Can Hit/The All-Bunting Team/Trading Top Prospects for Trout/Pint-Sized Power Hitters
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-31

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In A Pickle: The Bunts That Lead to Big Things
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-15

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Wezen-Ball: Jackie Robinson Talks Sacrifices in "Boys' Life"
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Larry Granillo

06-06

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Manufactured Runs: What We Really Know About the Shift
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Colin Wyers

08-14

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You Can Blog It Up: The Shockingly Non-Bunty Gene Mauch All-Stars
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Steven Goldman

03-20

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Schrodinger's Bat: Clearing the Decks
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Dan Fox

12-13

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Schrodinger's Bat: Inching Along
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Dan Fox

07-12

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Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One Down
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Dan Fox

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An article in the June 1948 issue of "Boys' Life" shows us how quickly Jackie Robinson was recognized as a role model.

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June 6, 2012 5:00 am

Manufactured Runs: What We Really Know About the Shift

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Colin Wyers

The defensive shift revolution makes for a nice narrative, but how much has it truly changed the game?

Last week, we examined the effects of fielding shifts on fielding metrics. For those who missed out, I’d advise you to go read it, but the short version is that location-based fielding metrics can overstate the importance of fielding shifts to a team’s defense and thus overrate players who are shifted in such an arrangement.

But if the fielding shifts are throwing defensive metrics off, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t contributing to team defense, right? And we are in what some people might term a shifting renaissance. John Dewan of Baseball Info Solutions says:

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A "Best-Of" team for notoriously unlucky, small-ball lovin' manager Gene Mauch

In 22 full seasons of managing, Gene Mauch’s teams led their leagues in sacrifice bunts 14 times and finished second thrice more. In many seasons, the race for the bunt title, such as it was, wasn’t even close. In 1979, Mauch’s Twins dropped one down 142 times—and those are just the successful bunts. There must have been many more attempts. The second-place team had just 79 bunts, and the league average was only 68. In 1982, the Angels had 114 bunts. The league average was 54. In 1986, the Angels had 91 bunts against a league average of 46.

But for shortstop Roy Smalley, who had 23 bunts in 1978, the players listed here didn’t do a great deal of bunting. The reason is simple: as eager as Mauch was to give up an out to move a runner over, these were his real hitters.

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March 20, 2008 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Clearing the Decks

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Dan Fox

It's a topic grab bag with looks at bunting, preventing free bases, and more.

"When I came up, you couldn't play if you couldn't bunt, but home runs have pretty much taken over the game today... Bunting has become a lost art."
--Kirby Puckett


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December 13, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Inching Along

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Dan Fox

Fueled by reader feedback, Dan makes some adjustments to his new defensive metric.

"The subject may appear an insignificant one, but we shall see that it possesses some interest, and the maxim 'de minimis lex non curat'--the law is not concerned with trifles--does not apply to science."
--Charles Darwin, from the preface of his book The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, With Observations on Their Habits (1881)


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Willy Taveras' run at a bunting record has Dan pondering the when, why, and how often as far as bunting for base hits.

"He just pointed at the ball. That's all he could do."
Willy Taveras, commenting on his bunt single against the Yankees' Roger Clemens on June 20th.


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