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Monday, August 07, 2017

Counsell: Crew isn’t built to rely on small ball

Counsell remained candid during the media scrum in the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field on Monday, prior to his club’s series opener with the Twins. The Brewers have 27 sacrifice bunts this season, below the National League average of 29. In addition, 23 of their 27 bunts have been recorded by pitchers.

“If I put on a bunt sign, it’s not a 100 percent guaranteed success,” Counsell said. “I think people say, ‘Well, he’s a big league player and he should bunt.’ I don’t think that’s a fair thing to say; it’s just not true. I can’t make a decision based on something that’s not true.”

Only four position players on the Milwaukee roster have actually laid down a successful sacrifice bunt this season, including Manny Pina. With the score 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, Pina was at the plate with runners on first and second and no outs. Counsell opted against the bunt following a pair of singles. Pina has a total of 25 sacrifice bunts in 12 Minor League seasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
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