A blog about baseball cards... and the Padres

Saturday, August 18, 2012

All Bunting, All The Time

I'm not sure where a lot of other bloggers go for their stat-checking, but I usually go to baseballreference.com.  It's got a lot of stats (including fielding stats, which I haven't used in a blog yet), and even breaks down a player's stats by the team they played for, which I love.

However, I haven't found a way to find out how many times a player bunted, either for a hit or a sacrifice.

Judging by a lot of Steve Finley's cards, it seemed like he was big on bunting.  It probably started when he was in Baltimore ------------------------------------------------>

He had the speed to beat out a lot of bunts in Houston, as well.

Being a savvy veteran with great form only made it easier.

And even though he averaged more than 20 homers a year with the Padres, he was still bunting in San Diego.

I don't know how it's possible, but I have more cards of Steve Finley bunting than I do of Benito Santiago in his catcher's gear (okay, almost).  I always knew Finley more for his outstanding defensive abilities, as evidenced by his five Gold Gloves (two of which were earned in Padre blue), not so much for his bunting.

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