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Fun With Sacrifice Bunts in Postseason

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 30, 2007

Having some fun with Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Batting Event Finder...looking at Sacrifice Bunts in Postseason.

Did you know that there have been 1,179 Sac-Bunts in the Post-Season?  Three players are tied for the most, with eight each: Derek Jeter, Scott Brosius, and Rafael Belliard.  Betcha Jeter owns this record someday.

Here's a fun slice - there have only been ten times in World Series history where a pinch-hitter laid down a Sac-Bunt.  Here's the list:

  Car#  G# Date          Series G Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       soP eoI BO Df Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.+-----+---+-------------+------+-+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+--+--+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+ 
     1   1 1969-10-15    WS     4 J.C. Martin       NYM  BAL Pete Richert      tied   1-1    0     9  11 RoE    b10 12-   0   -       0 *ENDED GAME*:Reached on E1 (throw to 1B)/Sacrifice Bunt; Gaspar Scores/unER/No RBI; Weis to 2B; Martin to 1B  

     2   1 1970-10-11    WS     2 Angel Bravo       CIN  BAL Moe Drabowsky     down   5-6   -1     9  11 Out    b 7 1--   0   -       0 Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice; Cline to 2B  

     3   1 1971-10-17    WS     7 Tom Shopay        BAL  PIT Steve Blass       down   0-2   -2     9  11 Out    b 8 12-   0   -       0 Bunt Groundout: P-2B/Sacrifice; Hendricks to 3B; Belanger to 2B  

     4   1 1972-10-19    WS     4 Julian Javier     CIN @OAK Ken Holtzman      down   0-1   -1     9  11 Out    t 8 1--   0   -       0 Bunt Groundout: 3B-1B/Sacrifice; Concepcion to 2B  

     5   1 1975-10-15    WS     4 Ed Armbrister     CIN  BOS Luis Tiant        down   4-5   -1     9  11 Out    b 9 1--   0 0-1   2   0 Bunt Groundout: P-2B/Sacrifice; Geronimo to 2B  

     6   1 1980-10-17    WS     3 Greg Gross        PHI @KCR Dan Quisenberry   tied   3-3    0     1  11 Out    t10 1--   0 1-0   2   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B unassisted/Sacrifice; Boone to 2B  

     7   1 1981-10-21    WS     2 Bobby Murcer      NYY  LAD Terry Forster     ahead  1-0    1     9  11 Out    b 7 12-   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: P-1B/Sacrifice; Cerone to 3B; Randolph to 2B  

     8   1 1987-10-20    WS     3 Terry Pendleton   STL  MIN Juan Berenguer    down   0-1   -1     9  11 Out    b 7 12-   0 2-0   3   0 Bunt Groundout: 3B-1B/Sacrifice; Oquendo to 3B; Pena to 2B  

     9   1 1991-10-22    WS     3 Jeff Treadway     ATL  MIN Carl Willis       tied   4-4    0     9  11 Out    b 9 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice (Weak 1B); Belliard to 2B  

    10   1 2006-10-26    WS     4 So Taguchi        STL  DET Fernando Rodney   down   2-3   -1     2  11 RoE    b 7 -2-   0 0-0   1   0 Reached on E1/Sacrifice Bunt; Eckstein Scores/No RBI/unER; Taguchi to 2B

There's a trivia question for you:  Who is the only batter in baseball history to have a pinch-hit Sac-Bunt in a World Series game when his team was leading the game at the time of the pinch At-Bat?  The answer:  Bobby Murcer in 1981.

Here's another fun list -  Sacrifice Bunts in Post-Season, made during innings 7 or later, when the score was tied, by a Designated Hitter:

  Car#  G# Date          Series G Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       soP eoI BO Df Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.  

+-----+---+-------------+------+-+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+--+--+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+  

     1   1 1980-10-19    WS     5 Keith Moreland    PHI @KCR Dan Quisenberry   tied   3-3    0     5  10 Out    t 9 -2-   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B unassisted/Sacrifice; Unser to 3B  

     2   1 1981-10-07    ALDS   2 Cliff Johnson     OAK @KCR Mike Jones        tied   1-1    0     3  10 Out    t 8 1--   0   -       0 Bunt Groundout: 3B-1B/Sacrifice; Murphy to 2B  

     3   1 1984-10-03    ALCS   2 Johnny Grubb      DET @KCR Dan Quisenberry   tied   3-3    0     7  10 Out    t 9 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: P unassisted/Sacrifice; Jones to 2B  

     4   1 1985-10-11    ALCS   3 Hal McRae         KCR  TOR Jim Clancy        tied   5-5    0     4  10 Out    b 8 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: P-2B/Sacrifice; Brett to 2B  

     5   1 1990-10-06    ALCS   1 Harold Baines     OAK @BOS Tom Bolton        tied   1-1    0     4  10 Out    t 8 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 3B-2B/Sacrifice (Short 3B Line); Canseco to 2B  

     6   1 1991-10-20    WS     2 Lonnie Smith      ATL @MIN Kevin Tapani      tied   2-2    0     1  10 Out    t 8 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice (Weak 1B); Belliard to 2B  

     7   1 1992-10-20    WS     3 Dave Winfield     TOR  ATL Mark Wohlers      tied   2-2    0     4  10 Out    b 9 12-   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice (Weak 2B-1B); Alomar to 3B; Carter to 2B

Wow.  We saw that happen 3 years in a row, from 1990 to 1992 - and not again since that time.  Then again, it does take a lot for a big bat guy to square around in a big spot in a big game.  Give credit to these seven guys for doing what had to be done and checking their ego at the door.

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4 Responses to “Fun With Sacrifice Bunts in Postseason”

  1. Wow--that very first sac bunt you list ended the game. I searched and found that it's happened three times in the post-season:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/shareit/X7Xx

    All three plays involved errors, where a runner scored to break a tie and win the game. All three were in extra-innings.

  2. I totally forgot about that Charlie Hayes game - good find.

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