Dodger Stadium to Be the Bat Flip Center of the Universe This Weekend

When the Dodgers welcome the Rays to town tonight, they’ll be entertaining a team that they have a lot in common with. They’ve both been unbelievably red-hot over the last two months, they both have Cy Young lefty aces atop their rotations, they both have employed J.P. Howell and James Loney in the last year, and they both have rookie sensations in right field, arguably the two future Rookies of the Year in the respective leagues, who are helping to fuel the recent run.

But destroying baseballs is hardly the only thing that Wil Myers and Yasiel Puig have in common, is it? They also love to watch said destroyed baseballs. Let’s judge!

Here’s Myers on July 29 in Yankee Stadium…

…and again last Sunday back home (h/t to Rays Index):

That second one is just amazing. Yes. That’s a thing I did. Challenge me, Guillermo Moscoso, I would say, if I had any idea who the poor mortal delivering me this baseball even is. I am embarrassed for you. Your children will now carry the name “Myers”. Remove yourself from my sight.

What’s that? Too recent? Well, that’s why we also have footage of Myers’ first homer in the Rays organization from this April (click to play, not embeddable):

myers_homer_rays_flip

Now I hardly need to spend the bandwidth to show you the approximately 28 times that Puig has flipped his bat, but I can’t really get through this post without doing it at all, so here — via FanGraphs — is Puig tossing the lumber against Sergio Romo on July 7. Why this one? Because it was merely for a single.

You’ll have noticed, at this point, that Myers does a whole lot of the same things that Puig does, yet doesn’t seem to get 10% of the disdain. I think we all know why, and it’s because Myers is whi… ttling away his time in the relative baseball obscurity of Tampa Bay, as opposed to the bright lights of Los Angeles. It’s because Puig isn’t from this co… mmunity of ballplayers who “know how to play the game the right way”.

Anyway, you know that I don’t really care about bat flips, for the most part. The game is supposed to be fun, and I’ve always subscribed to the theory of “if you don’t want me to flip a bat after I crush a homer, maybe throw a better pitch next time.” I do recognize that there are real-world downsides to it, however, in the sense that an unhappy pitcher might throw at your head or a crusty umpire may stop giving you favorable calls. Myers does it, Puig does it, I don’t really care.

Besides, neither Myers nor Puig can hold a candle to what I still consider to be the greatest bat flip of all time — with apologies to Hung-Chih Kuo and also the ludicrous Korean example Chad Moriyama dug out today — Cubs minor leaguer Dan Vogelbach doing this last month. (Via FanGraphs.)

Good lord, that’s a bat flip. Give the man an extra run just for that (and oh please, please, let that have been a no-doubt homer).

383 comments
Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

I love Myers' first bat flip on here. Puig's bat flips, however, are so fluid, it's just beautiful. 

juanhenry
juanhenry

Rios is a good player, but why is everyone getting so pumped about him putting Texas over the top? If you look at his ops, he's basically Andre Ethier with more pop. And he's played in a hitters park, as well. I mean, give us a healthy Matt and Hanley. we could take them.

Dang88
Dang88

Man so Colorado sucks eh I didn't notice to busy watching us winning

DodgerBytes
DodgerBytes

Sweet, just sold 90.00 worth of corals. Were out growing my tank and could use cash money for concert tomorrow.

/on topic

DodgerBytes
DodgerBytes

BREAKING: Rangers acquire Rios from WSox. Shatters Cruz FA value. Launches team as favorite to win World Series. Teams 2014 free agency complete. #Source (@BNightengale)

Noel D
Noel D

Mixed emotions on A-Fraud homecoming tonight... Since their game starts earlier, we won't have the break-in for every at bat, but we will have to hear about it during our game.  On the other hand, there should be some entertaining footage of belligerent Yankee Fans and maybe some creative signs...

Yoinkage
Yoinkage

I wanna see the Seager bomb from last night. :(

DodgerBytes
DodgerBytes

I'm not backing up this reliever from Tampa Bay, but we can't compare MLB reaction to PEDs to this guys charges.

One has a direct impact on baseball, which is MLBs responsibility.

If you want to blame anyone,  blame the players union.

ASW1
ASW1

@NeDieterich I can't decide which one of the two looks more ridiculous.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Weston Taylor Puig's bat flips are part of his swing. They come naturally and are a representation of his power.

Noel D
Noel D

The whole thread reminds me of the final scene of A Bridge Too Far.  They list about 99 reasons the Gnats suck.

DodgerBytes
DodgerBytes

@BATBOB @SpaceDodger (optimistic math lion) - Uribe fouled a ball off right into my seat when I was getting a delicious stone IPA. My wife (on her iphone) just glances over casually, "sweet  he'll be happy when he gets back" thnking nobody will take it.

Someone lady launched over there and snatch it up quickly. I come back to my wife giving this lady a death stare like she reached into her purse and stole something.

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