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Will Teixeira bunt against shift?


09:03 AM ET 02.12 | Three years after signing Mark Teixeira, the Yankees have reason to be moderately disappointed with their $180 million first baseman. Frustrated with the frequency with which balls off his bat have found the gloves of opposing fielders of late, Teixeira recently wondered if defensive shifts might be getting the best of him. He even suggested that he "might lay some bunts down this year" against the shift to increase his batting average.

New York Times

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February 12, 2012  09:31 AM ET

I don't see why this isn't done considerably more against the shift. Hell, a good enough bunt could bag you a double...

February 12, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Sure, until the second time the pitcher picks it up and throws him out.

February 12, 2012  09:35 AM ET

OR you can simply just not try to dead pull everything over the fence?

I know it is easier said than done, but isn't " hit the ball where it is pitched " still true?
Last week there were some articles by "experts" on him and the old you do not mess with a MLB players swing. I am glad they messed with Grandersons swing.

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February 12, 2012  09:52 AM ET

you have to practice....some guys just can't bunt

A LOT of guys it appears.

February 12, 2012  10:15 AM ET

....tex obp has fallen 4 years now....another yank who has seen his better days....

February 12, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Tex getting more bunt singles just means Arod will hit into more double plays............

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February 12, 2012  10:54 AM ET

Don't miss him...

Don't miss him one bit.

February 12, 2012  11:09 AM ET

OR they could do what they should've done last year and move cano into the 3 hole

I think they will finally do just that. Doubt Girardi has the cubes to bat Arod where he belongs in the 5 or 6 spot.

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February 12, 2012  11:58 AM ET

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February 12, 2012  11:59 AM ET

texeira could switch his approach towards his at bats in the 2012 season, and bunting would be one of many different type of approach to the plate!!!!


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