My “Flashback Friday” post this week focused on two-out, walk-off bunt singles in honor of Adam Jones’ effort on Monday night. Here are a few tidbits related to bunt singles that I came across while working on the article.
–A 2007 Baseball Prospectus article examines bunt hit percentage (BUH%) to determine which players have been the best at bunting for singles. Brett Butler’s 1992 season (40 hits, .597) ranks first followed by Kenny Lofton’s 1992 season (31 hits, .463). I’ll always remember Lofton as a thorn in the Orioles side. The guy could do so much offensively and defensively to affect a game.
–Big League Stew points out that Erick Aybar of the Angels is the top guy in MLB for bunt singles in 2010. He has 12 so far this season, six shy of his career-high 18 bunt singles in 2009.
-Adam Jones and Cesar Izturis are tied for the Orioles lead in bunt singles this season with six a piece. Corey Patterson (3) and Miguel Tejada (1) are the only other Orioles players to bunt for a hit in 2010. Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis tied for the O’s team lead in 2009; each player had three bunts for hits.
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