In “Major League” at the end…why does Taylor point to the bleachers?
PRO: It gets the 3B to back up a few feet. However, there are already two outs and Taylor isn’t known for his speed. The 3B is already going to be well back. He would be just as surprised if Taylor bunted without the point.
CON: Knowing the pitcher is going to throw at you (Hayes doesn’t take off the first time) messes up the timing of the play. The Duke could have thrown at Jake’s head on the second pitch also. Then (assuming he misses) you’ve got Hayes on 3B. Which doesn’t increase the win probability very much. And if he hits Taylor, Hayes has to go back to 2B and you’ve got men on first and second.
ALSO, Taylor has to wait until he’s sure the Duke isn’t going to throw at his head. Taylor actually does this weird kind of swinging bunt. That’s incredibly difficult. Taylor is very lucky it all worked.