Re: Homer Bailey pitching at 10:35 AM this morning
The "bunt" debate is a good one.
I've always been one to say that winning takes precent over pretty much everything, with few exceptions, and bunting when you need a baserunner is winning baseball.
But a no hitter is pretty important, and it's not like this game was (at this time) a playoff game or required to make the playoffs.
Still, it's not like Bailey was still pitching, with, in my mind, makes it obvious that you don't bunt. A team no-hitter, in the minors, isn't that big a deal (they may feel differently).
So, under the circumstances, I don't see the bunt being that big a deal. I wouldn't do it. And I wouldn't blame the team for plunking the bunter next time.But I wouldn't really criticize him for playing winning baseball.