How many bunt home runs has there been in the history of MLB?

Sports Asked on October 4, 2021

I’d like to know how many times a bunt resulted in a home run. The home runs can be out of the park (highly unlikely to have happened) or inside the park home runs cause by one or more errors. In addition, please provide the name of the hitter and the date of the event.

If this can’t be searched for the entirety of MLB’s history, go back as far as possible. I can edit the question to ask for a reasonable period of time.

3 Answers

Regarding over-the-fence bunt home runs, the minimum observed off-the-bat speed for a home run in 2016 is about 90 mph. The coefficient of restitution (COR) limit for MLB baseballs is 0.578. Assuming that a ball being bunted acts like the MLB's COR test, that implies a pitch speed of 156 mph (90 mph / 0.578) is required for a bunt home run.

An inside-the-park bunt home run is plausible, but I was unable to find any evidence that it has ever happened without it being the result of an error.

Answered by davidmneedham on October 4, 2021

A bunt home run is impossible, because if there is slew of errors that allows the runner to run around the bases, it's considered a single(or out or whatever) with advancements due to errors.

Answered by adhingra on October 4, 2021

Robert Dozier did it for the Twins leading off the first inning on September 24, 2017. But as above mentioned, the stats call it a single with a throwing error.

Answered by Alex on October 4, 2021

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