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  1. You know, Justin Maxwell actually had two failed squeezes last season that were pretty terrible. Perhaps he’s no Escobar, but maybe if Escobar is the Justin Verlander of failed bunts, then Maxwell is the Clayton Kershaw?

    Comment by Bryan Grosnick — November 9, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  2. /goes to YouTube

    /brings up “RADIO BLOOPERS- Earl Weaver”

    /hears Earl’s rant about team speed

    /feels a great calm wash over him

    Comment by PL — November 9, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  3. Surely Andrelton Simmons’ bunt was -.092 WPA, not -0.92.

    Still, poor guy had a terrible game, between that bunt, a costly fielding error, and hitting the infamous “infield fly.”

    Comment by Haishan — November 9, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

  4. Curious where the NLDS Washington at St L game 1 sacrifice by Danny Espinosa rated. IIRC, runners at 3d (Morse) and 1st (Desmond), down one run, no outs, Morse holds, Desmond advances, Espinosa out on the sacrifice. Eventually, the nats plate two with a 2 out pinch hit. Play was a mystery at the time because it did not look like a safety squeeze. Johnson maintains he called it, but there was speculation at the time that Espinosa did it on his own after a very frustrating, multiple strikeout game.

    Comment by JCA — November 9, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  5. oh dear god this is amazing

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — November 9, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  6. Surprised Fredi Gonzalez isn’t on here multiple times.

    Comment by Steve 1 — November 9, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  7. Whoops! Thanks. I even double-checked (obviously quite poorly) that exact same thing.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — November 9, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  8. -0.086 according to the game logs.

    Does this not count in your filter for successful sac bunts, since Morse did not advance (even tho Desmond did)? Or as it was a post-season attempt did it wash out because Simmons’ was worse?

    Comment by David — November 9, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  9. Legendary. I don’t know what else to say. I wish all managers talked like that to the press today.

    Comment by Ned — November 9, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  10. Him and Dusty Baker both…

    Comment by AJ — November 9, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

  11. If Alcides Escobar had a 41% success rate it seems as though he should be trying to bunt for a hit even more than he does.

    Comment by colin — November 9, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  12. Don’t forget me, guys!

    Comment by Clint Hurdle — November 9, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  13. Again, I think a more interesting question than ‘what bunts had the worst results?’ is ‘what bunts were the worst choices given the situation, regardless of the result?’. Is a bunt that was a good choice, but gets unfortunately turned into a double play rally a bad bunt?

    Comment by McAnderson — November 9, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  14. I’ve listened to that thing hundreds of times and it’s hysterical every time. Be aware of the circumstances, though: it was prepared on the road as a joke for a recording engineer or someone back in Baltimore, which is why Earl’s way, way over the top. No one ever expected it to go public… but thank goodness it did!

    Comment by wiggly — November 9, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  15. Do these examples include individual matchups?

    On 4/24, RS v MN, the score after 1 was already 3-1. Aviles came up with a guy on 2nd and no out, and sacrificed. Under normal conditions, not a horrible play.

    But Blackburn was already pitching badly with 5 hits in the first inning and a leadoff double in the 2nd. And Aviles owns Blackburn with 7-13 with a triple and 3 doubles. And Aviles was hitting well at the time.

    I mean, if this threatened to be a 2-1 game, or if it was the 7th inning, or Aviles was 0-8 against Blackburn, but there did not seem to be even a single reason for bunting there.

    Comment by Joey B — November 10, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  16. A.J. Ellis in the second to last game of the season thinks that his bunt was the worst of the season (his first two strikes were bunt attempts). It was -.118 WPA, but with 1 on, nobody out, one of the best Dodger hitters at the plate, and Abreu, Gordon, and Mark Ellis coming up after, what kind of rationale did it take to decide that Ellis should be bunting?

    There’s a reason that Mattingly has the nickname Donny Buntball.

    Comment by Tony Fernandez — November 10, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

  17. That Uribe bunt: Given the speed of the the lead runner (aka the Garden Gnome), is anyone surprised?

    Comment by bluejaysstatsgeek — November 11, 2012 @ 12:08 am

  18. Videos Links:
    Worst Bunt into a Double Play: Scroll To ” Posey Starts a key double play in the seventh” –
    Alcides Escobar:
    May 8th – Game Recap 1:29 in :
    June 17th: “Quintero Foils the Squeeze” –
    August 6th:

    Comment by William — November 11, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  19. What about Jesus Guzman’s failed bunt attempt that resulted in a triple play in the 9th inning of a tied game?

    Comment by Don — November 11, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  20. I really thought I’d see a bunch of 2012 Mariners team “highlights” listed, given the title; but given the way “worst” was defined, it makes sense they’re not here.

    However should another article be written titled “Stupidest decisions to attempt a bunt in 2012”, I’ll fully expect the Mariners to dominate the list.

    Comment by Westside guy — November 11, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

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