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Marlins hire Butler to teach small ball

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07:21 AM ET 10.17 | From the long ball to small ball, the Marlins came up short in 2013. They ranked last in the majors in home runs and -- at the opposite end of the spectrum -- bunt hits. Brett Butler harbors no illusions of curing the power deficiency. But the Marlins are counting on Butler, an exceptional bunter and base runner over his 17-year major-league career, to help get the ground game going in an attempt to cure the team's scoring woes. "I think it's all about attitude," said Butler, a 56-year-old overachiever the Marlins hired last week as third-base coach in charge of bunting, base running and outfield defense. "I think once they buy into it, it's easier to teach." Butler was an on-base machine as a player from 1981 to '97, a 5-10 pest who could bunt his way aboard and steal a bag like no one else.

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October 17, 2013  08:37 AM ET

No one seems to know how to bunt anymore.

October 17, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Brett shouldn't pitch BP, his own kid nailed him in the cubes with a wiffle ball.

 
October 17, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No one seems to know how to bunt anymore.

Exactly....

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