Re: Shift"-ing priorities
Nice post. So could Griffey bunt successfully 44% of the time? Right now I'd say probably not. But if I was manager it is something I would explore. "The shift" is employed against left-handed batters who presumably can get out of the box faster. The problem is that even though there are no infielders over there, the pitcher could still field the bunt. In the offseason I would do some experimenting with this scenario - have Griffey and Dunn do this 20 times each and see how many times they are safe. As you pointed out, it may be a better idea for Dunn since he doesn't have the old brittle legs of KGJ. If either of them could get close to that 44% mark, a compromise may be to only do it against pitchers who are poor fielders.
I guess my position is that I have no idea if Dunn or Griffey could make the bunt work over 40% of the time. But if they can, I'd take the .450 OBP and not think twice about it.