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Bunt Doubles

Posted by Raphy on August 3, 2009

A couple weeks ago Rafael Furcal pushed a bunt over the head of Edwin Encarnacion for a double.  The bunt double is a rare occurrence, but not as rare as I would have thought.  Since 1988 there have been 17 bunt doubles, including 3 by Furcal.  I have compiled a list of these oddities by using the batting splits pages along with the Team Batting Event Finder.

Bunt Doubles Since 1988
Date          Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
2009-07-20    Rafael Furcal     LAD  CIN Micah Owings      down   0-3  b 1 ---   0 2-1   4   0 Double to SS (Bunt Popup to Deep SS-3B Hole)
2007-07-02    Juan Pierre       LAD  ATL Tyler Yates       ahead  3-1  b 7 ---   1 2-1   4   0 Double to SS (Bunt Popup) 
2004-07-20    Juan Pierre       FLA @NYM Steve Trachsel    tied   0-0  t 1 ---   0 0-0   1   0 *LEADOFF GM*:Double to LF/Bunt (Bunt thru Short LF)
2003-04-30    Endy Chavez       MON @MIL Ben Sheets        down   0-3  t 4 ---   0 0-0   1   0 Double to LF/Bunt (Bunt thru Deep 3B)
2002-05-03    Corey Patterson   CHC @LAD Jesse Orosco      tied   3-3  t 7 -2-   0 0-1   2   1 Double to 3B/Bunt; DeShields Scores 
2002-04-27    John Vander Wal   NYY @SEA Freddy Garcia     tied   0-0  t 8 ---   0 0-0   1   0 Double to LF/Bunt (Bunt Line Drive to Deep LF)
2001-06-24    Rafael Furcal     ATL @NYM Steve Trachsel    down   3-4  t 7 ---   0 0-0   1   0 Double to 3B (Bunt)  
2000-08-08    Rafael Furcal     ATL @CIN Elmer Dessens     tied   0-0  t 1 ---   0 0-0   1   0 *LEADOFF GM*:Double to LF (Bunt Line Drive to Deep 3B); Furcal to 3B/Adv on E7
1999-05-31    Abraham Nunez     PIT  LAD Chan Ho Park      down   1-3  b 6 ---   0 0-1   2   0 Double to 3B (Bunt)      
1997-07-06    Mike Lansing      MON  ATL Denny Neagle      tied   0-0  b 1 -2-   0 0-0   1   1 Double to RF (Bunt); Grudzielanek Scores
1997-05-13    Tony Fernandez    CLE @TEX Matt Whiteside    ahead  4-3  t 8 ---   1 0-1   2   0 Double to CF (Bunt Popup to Deep SS-2B)
1997-04-01    Edgar Renteria    FLA  CHC Terry Mulholland  ahead  1-0  b 3 -2-   0 1-1   3   1 Double to 3B (Bunt to Weak 3B); Castillo Scores
1995-08-17    Chad Fonville     LAD @CIN Pete Schourek     tied   0-0  t 1 ---   0 0-1   2   0 *LEADOFF GM*:Double to 1B (Bunt Popup)
1995-06-21    Robby Thompson    SFG @PIT Jeff McCurry      tied   4-4  t 9 --3   1 1-1   3   1 Double to 2B (Bunt); Lampkin Scores
1991-05-25    Mitch Webster     PIT  PHI Jose DeJesus      down   0-1  b 2 ---   0 1-1   3   0 Double to 3B (Bunt to Deep 3B)
1990-08-25    Hal Morris        CIN @PIT Stan Belinda      tied   0-0  t 9 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Double to P (Bunt Popup to Front of Home); Larkin to 3B
1988-04-08    Mark McLemore     CAL  OAK Storm Davis       down   1-4  b 5 ---   2 0-0   1   0 Double to LF (Bunt thru Deep 3B)
  • The last time a bunt double was hit to the right side was 1997.
  • Pierre and Furcal are the only players to do it multiple times since 1988.
  • Steve Trachsel has been victimized twice.
  • Four players did it to lead off a game (the 3 marked as such plus Furcal 2009) and four did it to drive in a run.
  • John Vander Wal hit a bunt line drive to deep  LF!?  Is that right? (EDIT - no it isn't correct)

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15 Responses to “Bunt Doubles”

  1. Almost as curious as VanderWals's Deep bunt is...Hal Morris' (sorry always have trouble with s and apostrophe) - How do you get all the way to 2nd on a 'simple' bunt in front of home? Was nobody covering 2nd? 2nd would cover 1st - SS would cover 3B - I guess maybe not then - bow that I 'sound' it out - but it sure does look weird!

  2. leatherman Says:

    Can you post a list that goes back just a few years farther back? I remember that Mariano Duncan had some bunt doubles in his career:

    July 6, 1985 vs the Dodgers: Double (Bunt to Weak 3B) in the first inning
    June 17, 1985 vs the Padres: Bunt double in the first inning, but it doesn't say it in the B-R boxscore (if you google Mariano Duncan bunt double, it is found in the search results)


  3. leatherman Says:

    Sorry, the July 6, 1985 game was against the CARDINALS.

  4. Leatherman - I can't easily go further back because I need to use the batting splits to know where to look. However, we can easily search through an individual player's doubles for bunts. Using the PI event finder only returns July 6, 1985 for Duncan.

  5. leatherman Says:

    Any idea why the June 17th game doesn't appear?

  6. A lot of the play description info for 1985 is incomplete. It doesn't say where the doubles were just that they happened. My guess is that is the reason why the splits only go back to '88.

    In any case Duncan also had a bunt double on May 26, 1985.

  7. Yankeefan25 Says:

    I do not know how you can bunt and hit doubles thats pretty amazing, they must somehow get the bat in a certain position to hit the ball hard, but again, how can they do that?

  8. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Phil Rizzuto probably had a couple. He was well known as a bunting maestro, and if he saw an infielder charging hard, probably had the ability to push or slap it over his head and possibly into an area where he could reach second.

    This also reminds me of Bernie Williams's double to catcher (albeit on a full swing) in the 4th inning of this game:

  9. Willie McCovey vs Woodie Fryman in the 1st on 5/3/1970, PHI @ SF
    Don Wilson(pitcher) vs Jim Bunning in the 2nd on 5/7/1971, HOU @ PHI
    Jack Brohamer vs Vic Albury in the 3rd on 5/13/1975, CLE @ MIN
    Bobby Murcer vs Darold Knowles driving in the tying run in the 9th on 7/21/1976, CHC @ SF
    Miguel Dilone vs Allen Ripley leading off the game on 6/5/1978, BOS @ OAK
    Darrell Porter(the catcher) vs Dick Drago in the 10th on 6/12/1979, BOS @ KC
    Frank Taveras vs Bob Shirley in the 1st on 7/21/1979, NYM @ SD
    Alfredo Griffin did it against Jose Guzman in the 4th on 6/21/1987, TEX @ OAK

  10. According to one of Dom Forker's trivia books, Frank Howard once hit a bunt triple. The pitcher couldn't get it, and in frustration threw his glove at the ball, which led to a rulebook triple. No date or other details given in the book. There appears to be a bunt home run at

  11. Gerry: Possibly the one on 9/2/1964 in the top of the 3rd or the other on 4/22/1965, bottom of the 4th. All the other Howard's triples give the location(CF, LF or RF).

  12. Gerry: Are you sure it was scored a triple and not a single with an error on the pitcher? Sometimes people use language casually and use the term "triple" simply to mean that the batter made it to third base, not that it was scored a three-base hit. Seems to me that a player throwing a glove at a ball should be ruled an error, not extra bases on the hit.

  13. Tomepp

    Application of rule 7.05(c) which awards three bases for touching a ball with a thrown glove results in a triple not an error. You can see an example in the bottom of the 7th of this game:

    You can find a description of the play listed under May 28th in this article:

  14. Okay, error on the responder (me), not the pitcher. Would that be an E0? 😉 You can learn something new - especially obscure Major League Baseball rules - every day.

  15. [...] Last week I posted a list of all the bunt doubles in the majors since 1988. Included in that list was a peculiar bunt-double by John Vander Wal which was described as : “Double to LF/Bunt (Bunt Line Drive to Deep LF)” [...]