Over the course of 23 seasons in the National League, Greg Maddux recorded a total of 180 sacrifice bunts. That’s less than eight per year. To put that in perspective, he struck out 419 times and he was actually regarded as a "good hitting pitcher."

Baseball purists swear by the "strategy" but what plan of action is there in striking a guy out with three consecutive fastballs down the pipe? The strategy is in succeeding despite an obvious deficit. Like requiring a football team's placekicker to also play middle linebacker, it adds a schematic wrinkle to the game, but one that nobody wants to see.