Mark Teixeira had beaten the shift leading off the 9th with a line drive single to center immediately prior to McCann's bunt failure. Since Teixeira does not even seem familiar with the concept of bunting, I guess that McCann has evolved beyond Teixeira. On the other hand ...
The home rate (AB/HR) this season of Mark Teixeira is considerably better than the rate for his career while that of Brian McCann is somewhat worse.
|Baseball Digest, back cover, May 1951|
Original caption: "In charade fashion,
New York Yankees act out hopes of
18th pennant in 1951.
Manager Casey Stengel points to goal
on Bob Muncrief's back,
while combined uniforms of (l. to r.)
Frank Shea, Joe DiMaggio and
Jim Brideweser (actually Billy Martin)
form calendar year."
Mantle bunted 61% more frequently in the World Series (WS) than in the regular season. The WS numbers are small but telling: 7 for 8, .875 batting average. Four bunts were in 1952 but Mantle bunted as late as 1963, leading off the top of the second as the cleanup hitter with a bunt single against Don Drysdale, against whom Mantle had a bunt single in one of the 1959 All Star games.
Mickey Mantle bunted in the World Series, too. Thursday, May 15, 2014
Mickey Mantle: bunt single off Don Drysdale in 1959 All Star game. Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Mickey Mantle: 565 foot home run, then bunt single in the same game! Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Real men bunt ... and hit homers. Monday, May 12, 2014
Shift on Mickey Mantle. Saturday, May 10, 2014
Would The Three Stooges bunt against the shift? Monday, May 5, 2014
Brian McCann, bunt it into that ocean at third base! Geez, how stupid are you? And how cowardly is your manager, Joe Girardi? Friday, April 11, 2014
Shift fear: why are managers afraid to order their batters to bunt against the shift? Thursday, April 10, 2014
Batters are dumber than usual this season, hitting into the shift most of the time. Monday, April 7, 2014