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Yasiel Puig has a top-ten bat toss after hitting a Giancarlo Stanton-esque homer

May 3, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

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In the top of the fourth inning of Saturday’s game against the Marlins, Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run to left center to give his team a 6-2 lead. It traveled an impressive distance — 452 feet, according to ESPN’s Adnan Virk.

The most impressive part was not the distance, but Puig’s bat toss. Here is Exhibit A, in .gif form from Chad Moriyama.

The MLB.com video doesn’t give you a great look at it, unfortunately:

Brian McCann and Gerrit Cole could not be reached for comment.

  1. renaado - May 3, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Haha, Puig’s bat flip tops all bat flips in the KBO.

    • okwhitefalcon - May 3, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Puig’s no Tom Lawless, not even in the same league.

      • cohnjusack - May 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Tom Lawless’s World Series homer comes in at the 48 second mark. And no, nothing will top that. He veeery slowly walked halfway to first base with the bat in his hand, then did an extremely over-the-top flip.

        TO make it even better, consider that A). Lawless had 1 home run in his entire career to that point and B). the ball barely left the park.

    • captainwisdom88 - May 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      way to post a clip where you cant even see his bat flip

      • renaado - May 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        It’s been shown though but not that long, it’s been cut right off when it hits the bat.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    A classic bat toss by Puig. I suspect that McCann would have approved if a member of his team had achieved those style points I also suspect that Gerrit Cole is not talking because he is sulking over his so-so performance last night.

  3. gatorprof - May 3, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Here is a gif of the toss,

    http://ladodgers.tumblr.com/post/84667726846/bat-flip-dot-gif?partnerId=as_lad_20140504_23209574

  4. jwbiii - May 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    That ball is going to be sore tomorrow morning.

    • renaado - May 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Glad that baseball didn’t explode on contact.

  5. thomas844 - May 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    They need to incorporate a bat-flipping contest into the All-Star Break

    • gothapotamus90210 - May 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Craig was too overcome with butterflies to cover the Puig batflip.

      Now he’s doing the whole Naughty Pet scene from Tommy Boy with a Chief Wahoo Indians’ hat:

  6. quintjs - May 3, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    I would love for reporters to ask pitchers why they were showing up the hitter when they did the fist pump after striking out the final batter of an inning.

  7. thetoolsofignorance - May 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Good. don’t want him to bat toss on homer? Don’t throw him meatballs then. Lets go Dodger Blue

    • infieldhit - May 4, 2014 at 3:06 AM

      I never got that logic. Not that batflips are particularly egregious, but getting the best of an opponent shouldn’t give you free reign to celebrate however you please.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 4, 2014 at 7:58 AM

        pitchers celebrate a strikeout without anyone saying a thing. Furthermore, these guys are in the entertainment business. Entertainment. Not “Decorum”. so entertain. Puig delivers that. If they don’t want him entertaining, then don’t give him the chance

      • paperlions - May 4, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        A bat flip and a short look to appreciate the shot doesn’t seem to be particularly egregious. Players in every other league are allowed to celebrate great plays without opponents getting their nickers in a twist as long as they don’t taunt opponents while doing so. There is no reason for baseball players to be so uptight that they take someone celebrating their accomplishment as a personal affront…especially as it is a game of failure, why shouldn’t a player get to be excited when he does something good?

        Hockey (and soccer) players go nuts every time they score a goal, you don’t see goalies charging them in response. NFL players celebrate after every TD, you don’t see defenders getting in their face or taking cheap shots at them during the next drive because of it. NBA players celebrate 3s or dunks all the time, even during blow outs, and you don’t see cheap shots or fights as a result.

        Baseball is the only sport in which players act like celebrations are taunts….they aren’t.

  8. Alex K - May 3, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    That bat flip was beautiful. That is a master at work, people.

  9. aceshigh11 - May 3, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    He’s disrespecting the Bat (similar to disrespecting the Bing).

  10. fat4jc - May 3, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Carlos Gomez needs to take lessons from Puig on when a bat flip is acceptable.

    • beermakers - May 3, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      I don’t think Gomez tried flipping it, I think he hit a ball really far and tossed his bat with minor flair. Especially when you compare that to what Marte did last night.

      What Cole did to Gomez was something like, the little brother crying to mommy, because Big Brother never lets him win.

  11. kingscourt25 - May 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    The I’m disgusted at the world bat flip > the bat to just bat flip > the Wil Myers prep boy bat flips

    • jerze2387 - May 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      what?

      • renaado - May 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Probably hates the bat flip world? Heck even I’m havin a hard time understandin that.

      • gothapotamus90210 - May 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        As the lone upvote to the post, I think the disgusted at the world bat flip is along the lines of after almost getting plunked, or during a contentious game. The video below is an example when Dom Brown was in AAA in a tension filled game.

        Just for sake of flipping the bat is what the likes of Puig & Papi. It’s stylin’.

        Prep boy bat flips are Brett Boone-like. The same choreographed one each time

      • gothapotamus90210 - May 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Bat flip in video is 3:05 into it, but clip is worth watching in full.

  12. moogro - May 4, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Weird how little seating there is out there. Lighting looks like a parking garage.

  13. kingkershaw - May 4, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    It’s gonna be fun when the two players mentioned in the article title are on one team. Let’s go Blue!!

  14. pinkfloydprism - May 4, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    That is nothing. I have made better tosses on balls that did not leave the park.

  15. connormyboy - May 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Espn’s new boy toy

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