Baseball – sacrifice bunt for the good of the team

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The sacrifice bunt is the most commonly used form of bunting. In the majority of cases, the sacrifice is used to advance a runner from first base to second base with less than two outs, giving the runner the potential to score on a base hit to the outfield. The sacrifice comes in the form of the bunter often being thrown out at first base as a direct result of moving the runner over.

Situations for the sacrifice bunt.

There are several instances when it’s a good time to utilize the sacrifice bunt. When attempting a sacrifice with runners on first or on first and second, the bunt minimizes the likelihood of the hitter grounding into a double play ball, as the runners are off on contact. With the runners running, and if you’ve put down a good bunt, chances are the fielders will take the one out at first base, allowing the runners the next base because of the degree of difficulty in throwing them out.

When sacrificing runners on first and second to second and third, the reason typically is because the team on offense needs more than one run. By sacrificing both runners over into scoring position, a base hit to the outfield would likely score both … achieving the team’s goals.

When using the sacrifice bunt to advance a sole runner from second to third, it is most often done so with zero or one out. This sets the next hitter up for a potential sacrifice fly. The sacrifice bunt with a runner on second and less than two outs also sets up the potential for the runner to score on a passed ball, a hit to the outfield, or possibly on a ground ball to the infield.

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When to use what type of bunt stance?

If the defense suspects a sacrifice bunt has been called by the offense, the corner infielders are likely to play closer to home plate in order to make a play. If this is the case, you must be sure to lay the bunt down precisely where you want it. This means that the more time you have to prepare the better. This is where the square-around stance should be used to give you increased control over the bunt, helping to ensure that you get the bunt down.

If the defense is not expecting a sacrifice, you may want to utilize the pivot stance. By using this stance to surprise the defense, you might not only advance the runner(s), but you might also make it safely to first base and be credited with a base hit.

When to use what type of bunt stance?

Keep in mind that your main objective when being called upon to implement the sacrifice bunt is to get the baseball down on the ground to advance the runners. It’s not about you trying to bunt for a base hit. Therefore, try to keep your bunt attempt simple and straightforward in order to avoid mistakes and achieve the team’s goal.

Move the runner, record an out, but not get personally penalized.

If you’re able to successfully implement the sacrifice, not only does your team benefit from your unselfish act, but fortunately for you your batting average is not going to be penalized. Your at bat is considered a “sacrifice”, meaning that you are credited with moving the runners over. But, you’re not given an extra at-bat for having done so – leaving your batting average where it was when you first walked up to the batter’s box.

As long as the bunt is angled somewhat down the lines and not straight back to the pitcher, and a reasonable amount of push is behind the contact, you should have no trouble achieving your goal of advancing the runners to the next base.