• Most Sac Bunts In A.L. Since 1973

    Posted by on June 13th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Here is the leaderboard:

    Rk Player SH From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG
    1 Omar Vizquel 202 1989 2012 22-45 2426 9828 .273 .338 .355
    2 Bert Campaneris 146 1973 1983 31-41 1104 4207 .256 .317 .320
    3 Ozzie Guillen 132 1985 2000 21-36 1818 6583 .264 .285 .338
    4 Alan Trammell 124 1977 1996 19-38 2293 9376 .285 .352 .415
    5 Bucky Dent 121 1973 1984 21-32 1392 5026 .247 .297 .321
    6 Jerry Remy 116 1975 1984 22-31 1154 4963 .275 .327 .328
    7 Jim Sundberg 114 1974 1989 23-38 1877 6672 .249 .327 .348
    8 Scott Fletcher 111 1983 1995 24-36 1582 5900 .263 .333 .343
    9 Mark Belanger 111 1973 1981 29-37 1171 3762 .223 .295 .277
    10 Jim Gantner 106 1976 1992 23-39 1801 6787 .274 .319 .351
    11 Mark McLemore 105 1986 2004 21-39 1811 7171 .260 .351 .343
    12 Robin Yount 104 1974 1993 18-37 2856 12249 .285 .342 .430
    13 Bobby Grich 104 1973 1986 24-37 1838 7553 .266 .373 .426
    14 Marty Barrett 102 1982 1990 24-32 929 3816 .278 .338 .347
    15 Alfredo Griffin 101 1976 1993 18-35 1481 5543 .256 .289 .333
    16 Frank White 101 1973 1990 22-39 2324 8468 .255 .293 .383
    17 Bob Boone 100 1982 1990 34-42 1139 3996 .248 .305 .321
    18 Dick Schofield 99 1983 1996 20-33 1217 4419 .233 .308 .320
    19 Roberto Alomar 98 1991 2004 23-36 1671 7359 .309 .385 .470
    20 Roy Smalley 98 1975 1987 22-34 1653 6595 .257 .345 .395
    21 Rod Carew 98 1973 1985 27-39 1742 7566 .336 .407 .440
    22 Mike Bordick 95 1990 2003 24-37 1664 6273 .260 .323 .362
    23 Felix Fermin 92 1989 1995 25-31 826 2878 .260 .304 .304
    24 Derek Jeter 89 1995 2012 21-38 2585 11895 .313 .382 .448
    25 Lou Whitaker 89 1977 1995 20-38 2390 9967 .276 .363 .426
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 6/13/2013.

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    These guys were way too good hitters to bunt that much, right?

    Rk Player OPS+ SH
    1 Rod Carew 137 98
    2 Bobby Grich 126 104
    3 Roberto Alomar 123 98
    4 Derek Jeter 117 89
    5 Lou Whitaker 117 89
    6 Robin Yount 115 104
    7 Alan Trammell 110 124
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 6/13/2013.

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    Comments on Most Sac Bunts In A.L. Since 1973

    1. Raf
      June 13th, 2013 | 4:16 pm

      Part of it could be “playing the game the right way,” looking at the era a lot of those players played.

      Also, I don’t think Jeter has a lot of sac bunts, looking at 89 of them over nearly 12k worth of at bats. Same would apply to the others you mentioned, I suppose.

      Interesting study. I wonder is there less of an emphasis now given the role power plays in the game now. I know I’ve expressed displeasure when guys like Nelson, Nix, Brignac, etc don’t bunt more. I’ve thought that Girardi should squeeze more, but that is the smallest of nits to pick.

    2. redbug
      June 13th, 2013 | 5:13 pm

      Jeter use to drive me nuts when he’d swing around to bunt to move a guy to 2nd.

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