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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Prince Fielder drops down bunt to beat shift (Video)

If teams are going to insist on using defensive shifts against Prince Fielder, he may just have to burn them with bunts.

During a spring training game between the Angels and Rangers Tuesday, Prince dropped a perfect bunt down the third base side of the infield for his first career bunt hit.

Fielder has found things more difficult at the plate ever since opposing defenses started using shifts against him more frequently, so this is one way to keep them honest. It also makes you wonder why more players facing shifts don’t do the same thing. If they’re giving it to you, why not take advantage of it?

And kudos to Fielder — he had excellent technique and made it clear he has been practicing this:

Prince Fielder bunt

H/T Buster Olney

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