Originally Posted by NeilHamburger
FYI...Mickey Mantle used to love to bunt with two strikes. Just sayin...
The problem isn't bunting with two strikes, the problem is being good enough, and having enough bat control to do it well. You get out 62% of the time if you're a damn good player, so if you can bunt with two strikes and get on at a higher rate than 33% (it goes down because OBP goes down with 2 strikes) I wouldn't consider it a bad move. Especially for a hitter with little power like Hamilton.
I don't see how bunting it foul and getting out is any worse than striking out traditionally or grounding out to the 2nd baseman for a hitter of Hamilton's type (for someone like Votto sure).
I was scrolling through this, saw the comments about bunting with two strikes and was about to post about Mantle -- you beat me to it. Agree with everything you say here.
Bottom line, with players as fast as Hamilton and Mantle, putting the ball in play on the ground is much, much better than a strikeout.