There’s perhaps no play in baseball that further divides old school fans and analysts from the more sabermetrically-inclined new school crew than the sacrifice bunt. What one calls a gritty, smart “baseball play,” the other calls pointless and a waste of a perfectly good out. Personally, I’ve always been on the new school side. I just don’t like the idea of giving up outs and killing chances for a potentially bigger inning by sacrificing one. I can, however, see the value in a sac bunt in certain situations or at certain times in certain games, and that’s why I’m not sure how I feel about Joe bringing it back this weekend. Joe has used the sac bunt a time or 2 in the past, usually in situations that left more people scratching their heads than clapping their hands. Against the Orioles, he damn near featured it as the focal part of the Yankee offense.
Twice in each of the first 2 games this past weekend Joe went to the sac bunt with a runner in scoring position, with mostly positive results:
- In the 1st inning on Friday, he had Ichiro try to sac bunt Brett Gardner to third base after Gardner led off the game with a double.