Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
Exactly. Yes, some guys are better at bunting than others...but all of the pitchers practice it and they're all expected to be able to perform that task. Clearly, Dusty expects his players to be able to accomplish this basic skill.
I think you can expect it all day long, and then you can look at stats to see if it supports your expectations. In his 6 year major league career Simon has a whopping 7 ABs and Zero sac bunts. His last successful sac bunt was 7 years ago in the minors. Simon was not put in a position to succeed and based on his numbers and lack of experience, Baker's expectations of him were unrealistic.
Now maybe Baker didn't really care if he succeeded and that's why he sent him up there....but there were several better options available to perform that task.