Recently, the topic of bunting has been prominently represented here at The Cardinal Nation blog.
With Adam Wainwright deploying the play twice on Tuesday night (double play in the third, sacrifice in the fifth before Pete Kozma was thrown out trying to take third base), it seems a good time to revisit the subject.
First, I presented a summary of bunting data at the team level from the St. Louis Cardinals in recent seasons. Among other things, it indicates that manager Mike Matheny orders bunts at about the same rate as Tony La Russa did. You can review that data here.
As a follow on, researcher Tom Orf offered several player-specific lists of Cardinals bunting-related leaders. They are the subject of this post.
The first list is the Cardinals top 20 sacrifice bunters since the beginning of the La Russa era in 1996. Wainwright moved up to 11th place with his successful attempt Tuesday evening.