A.J. Ellis Also Cares Not For Your Bunts

ellis_aj_intentional_talk_mlbn_2013-10-09As alluded to earlier today, A.J. Ellis was a guest on MLB Network’s generally insufferable “Intentional Talk,” and as expected, he was fantastic. When Michael Young wasn’t running out to tape up Ellis’ nipples — yes, that’s a thing I just typed — Ellis was showing off his broadcasting skills, and, at just past three minutes in, dropped this wonderful bit regarding Juan Uribe‘s failed bunt:

stop_bunting_kenny“You never bunt in baseball anymore, that’s what all the sabermetric people tell me. Stop bunting! No more bunting! Only pitchers bunt. Listen to me, Don Mattingly, no more bunting.”

About eight minutes later, after Ellis talks about Zack Greinke‘s fantasy football team, Skip Schumaker‘s wife, and Clayton Kershaw‘s beard, Mattingly comes walking down the dugout (wearing some sort of “anti bug splat” shirt) and whispers to Ellis, with a huge smile on his face, that he’d heard the anti-bunting comments and that Tim Federowicz will be starting Game 1 of the NLCS instead. You know I’m generally a “talent over chemistry” kind of guy, but I do believe that both are important, and the more you see of things like this and Hanley Ramirez making jokes and Nick Punto tearing off jerseys, well, it sure seems like this is a pretty good collection of guys.

But of course, the takeaway here is Ellis’ not-so-subtle please-stop-bunting viewpoint. I’ve joked in the past that I wonder if guys like Ellis just internally roll their eyes when they get the call in big spots — looking at you, Game #161 — before following directions and doing it anyway, and now I’m more sure than ever.

Like I said before, he’s a good catcher, but he’s going to be an outstanding broadcaster — if that’s what he wants.

362 comments
Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

Game 161 + NLDS game 4 = The perfect no bunting storm.

Mudville
Mudville

You must be talking about manager Don Bunttingly.

Noel D
Noel D

"We now return to Castle"

moneynow27
moneynow27

This the LAST celebration you will see for the Cardinals in 2013......

SummerSaint
SummerSaint

YAY! THE DODGERS GET TO WIN AT HOME!

JBJ1138
JBJ1138

time to beat some birds

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Hey Cardinals, are those white rally towels the cardinals are waving?

BigWhite
BigWhite

Game 3 will be the perfect time to have another white towel giveaway night. 

BIah
BIah

*table flip*

SummerSaint
SummerSaint

The Cardinals didn't bring in their closer. Recent history means the Pirates still have a chance.

Lobo
Lobo

Ok, NOW you bring in a LOOGY to face Alvarez.  One out to go, he's worthless against lefties

Noel D
Noel D

The tie run is ...welp

BIah
BIah

the pirates coming back from 5 with 2 outs would be incredible

JoeyE
JoeyE

they are a fucking good team. deep lineup

im pretty nervous but i know we can do it. 4 away from the Series. this is insanity

GinFizzBear
GinFizzBear

rooting for a high pitch count at this point

moneynow27
moneynow27

Ok, who can we pick on from the Cardinals; I mean, who do we hate over there?  Adams would be the equivalent of the fat panda on the gnats.....and I really don't like Beltran, because he watches all his HR's too long in the box.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

I still love the fact that we beat the Cardinals in Busch 3/4 without Hanley, losing a Kershaw start and beating Wainwright in STL

GinFizzBear
GinFizzBear

This will be just like beating the racist Barve fans; only this time the racists do a lot of meth

JoeyE
JoeyE

i had to google "butt pirate" because i dont know every fucking homophobic slur in the book and that best fans twitter always retweets butt pirates people

SaintCookies
SaintCookies

Please beat the shit out of the Cardinals please

LET'S GO DODGERS

moneynow27
moneynow27

That's the way Matheny....Let Wainwright go 9....works for me.

KMT59
KMT59

@BigWhite already got a blue one in the NLDS series...white would be nice

Lobo
Lobo

@BIah Would go down as one of the great comebacks of all time

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Don't mean shit. Regular season is regular season 2009 is the only year I can think of where the Cards did not kick the shit out of the Dodgers.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@moneynow27  if he wasn't at such a low pitch count, then I would be happier but he's been really efficient even with that BABIP inning

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim @moneynow27  Eh, if Wainwright were at like 110 pitches I would say it's stupid, but in a win or go home game with him at just 96 going into the inning I'd say it's fine.  You want your best pitcher out there to make sure you don't somehow blow it