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Sunday April 14th 2024


Small Ball, Big Advantage: Brett Gardner To Bunt More in 2010

Gardner had 284 plate appearances last year, and during approximately 284 of them I was screaming at my TV begging him to bunt.

Maybe 284 bunts is a bit much for one season, but when you have as much speed as the Yankees' outfielder does, it makes sense to lay one down once in a while to see if you can beat the throw to first.

This is why I was pleased to learn today that the 26-year-old has practiced more bunting this offseason. Because, after all, it's hard to steal bases if you're not on base.

Gardner had an acceptable .270 batting average in 2009, but only a .345 on-base percentage, limiting him somewhat to only 26 steals and 48 runs. 

This is a guy who is capable of swiping 60 bags and crossing the plate 100 times ...

Read Full Article at Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

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