In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
In response to andrewmitch's comment:
Right and my point is that it is a skill that can be acquired with practice. If you can get base hits, you can lay down a sacrifice bunt. We aren't talking about bunting for infield hits here. You are giving yourself up. Fielder at 1B, a righty........you can't bunt it over to him and get the runner from 2b to 3b? pathetic. i think they are teaching guys to swing for the fences because K's don't matter and HR's get you big contracts............
Middlebrooks is actually not a bad bunter.
This talk of bunting skill actually clouds the issue.
The issue really is whether it was clear cut to bunt in that situation.
And the answer is no.
Not because Middlebrooks only swings for the fences to go for the big contract.
But because there is a guy on second with no outs and a power bat at the plate. The "book" says this is actually a better situation to swing away in.
And, even if a great bunter squares away in that situation, the chance for success is still greatly diminished against Verlander.
This I'm Smarter Than Farrell talk is hilarious.
The problem is there are pundits that deny the fans commited to nitty gritty aspects of the game the right to contradict a manager decision at a given time, wether it succeeds or fail... For instance there was an important game in which a faster runner should have been called to replace Nava at second with the potential winning run, minutes later Nava was gunned down at the plate... the play was critized everywhere, not only in these boards but in the media as well...where do we stand?... Just listen each Saturday as I do the Baseball Show... Many forget it is the fans that substancially sustain the Game...