A Bunt To Believe In

So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about all this at some length with Brian Kenny at 9:35 a.m. on his radio show.But there is a kind of bunt I like, a kind of bunt I’d like to see players use more: The bunt against the shift.Wait, let’s start with the NBA. From 1965 to 1980, as you probably know, Rick Barry shot underhand free throws. He made a rather extraordinary 89.3% in his career -- but shot an even more incredible 92% his last six years. He got better as he got older. He was convinced -- and he remains convinced -- that anyone who takes the time to learn the underhand free throw and develops it can shoot 80% free throws, minimum.

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