Ron Washington defends his use of the bunt


Some believe that Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington bunts too often.

When one reporter gave his thoughts on bunting to Washington it generated a colorful response from the Rangers manager of seven seasons.

“I think if they try to do that, they’re going to be telling me how to [bleep] manage,” Washington said. “That’s the way I answer that [bleep] question. They can take the analytics on that and shove it up their [bleep][bleep].”

He did not stop there according to the Star Telegram.

“Mike Scioscia dropped 56 sacrifice bunts on his club, the most in the league, and he’s a genius,” Washington continued. “But Ron Washington dropped 53 and he’s bunting too much? You can take that analytics and shove it.

“I do it when I feel it’s necessary, not when the analytics feel it’s necessary, not when you guys feel it’s necessary, and not when somebody else feels it’s necessary. It’s when Ron Washington feels it’s necessary. Bottom line.”

The Rangers have won 90-plus games in each of the last four seasons. It’s worth nothing that Washington actually dropped 63 bunts last season while Scisocia employed 54.

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