Stubbs looks to strike back at his critics
Changes hitting approach after 200-strikeout season
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs has heard all of the cries from the armchair batting coaches. The directive to bunt more from fans and various media talkers far and wide has filtered down his way.Stubbs doesn't discount the notion of bunting, but will readily point out that it's also easier said than done. Dropping a bunt on a 95 mph fastball with sharp movement isn't exactly child's play. "What people don't realize is a lot of teams make it a point to take that away from you," Stubbs said. "Guys that bunt a lot have corner infielders playing halfway in. It would take an absolutely perfect bunt every time to get on. And a perfect pitch. There are a lot of different factors and variables." While he can hit for power, Stubbs is one of the fastest runners in the game. When he bunted for hits last season, he was 4-for-6 (.667) and is batting .450 lifetime as a bunter. "Bunting doesn't by any means define my game," Stubbs said. "It's just an added weapon to my arsenal. When it's available and the situation presents itself, be able to capitalize. It gives me a chance to use my speed."