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Yasiel Puig flipped his bat on a walk, almost took out the catcher and umpire

Jun 15, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT

Even Vin Scully called this “ridiculous.” And not in that good, “redonkulous” sense. More in the “Jeez, kid, shape up, will ya?” sense.

  1. captainwisdom88 - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    fact: a man who swings bats for a living should not allow this to occur

    • apkyletexas - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      McCutchen vs Puig for catch of the year on mlb.com: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article//statcast-sheds-light-on-amazing-catches-by-yasiel-puig-and-andrew-mccutchen?ymd=20140613&content_id=79566520

      McCutchen’s route efficiency was greater than Puig’s (only 3 inches of wasted movement vs 2 feet) and McCutchen had the better initial jump on the ball, while Puig reached greater max speed on a longer run.

      There’s a serious MVP race going on between these two in the NL. They are neck and neck right now – McCutchen .323/.434/.554/.988, 11 HR, 41 RBI; Puig .318/.414/.552/.966, 11 HR, 40 RBI. Pirates enter today 1.5 back of the Dodgers in the Wild Card race. Might be worth covering as a story at some point – more so even than the latest bat flip.

      • cohnjusack - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        There’s a serious MVP race going on between these two in the NL.

        “Umm…pardon me?” — Troy Tulowitzki

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Really Mr. Cusack?

        Troy Coors Field Tulowitzki?

        Check out his CURRENT 2014 home road splits…

        batting average at home in Coors Field.

        .477

        batting average on road

        .234

        Here is his home slash stats

        .477/.546/.879

        Road slash stats

        .234/.348/.450

        Just HOW is that the MVP of the league? iF he weren’t on the Rockies and had only played in Coors Field like 4 or 5 games so far this season, he’d be batting like .240 overall…

        Just Google his splits or check out the handy link I’m providing for you.

        https://www.baseballamerica.com/statistics/players/cards/27100/split

      • cohnjusack - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Relax your balls sports.

        OPS+ adjusts for park factors….and Tulo leads the league in that too.

        Not to mention that he’s a shortstop, on the opposite side of the defensive spectrum from your outfielders.

        …not to mention McCutchen has had some pretty huge home/road splits this year as well.

  2. recoveringcubsfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    But he plays the game to entertain and delight; he doesn’t mean to offend. This is the kind of behavior the fans, nay, the gods demand!! ARE WE NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!

    • aphillieated - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      True, true.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      he’s got REAL talent…

      he CAN offend when he’s NOT trying to…

      And he CAN offend when he IS trying to…

      He’s got offending down to a science…

  3. sportsfan18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    A talented ballplayer…

    A ten cent brain…

    • ptfu - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      He was trying to announce his presence with authority.

  4. Alex K - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    It looked like the bat just stuck to his batting glove. Probably too much pine tar.

    • blacksables - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      That’s exactly what I thought. I’m not a fan of his antics, but this was unintentional.

      Could have happened to any player.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        But what you’re missing is, this is a very black player from Cuba who can’t speak much English and is, therefore, a cancer and a blight on this country and the sport of baseball or something.

    • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Thats what i saw, too. The bat stuck to his glove as he was sending it back to the dugout with that underhand flip which is what many ballplayers do. Vinny is not always right and he’s been a big supporter of Puig’s so I’m not getting too bent out of shape over him getting this wrong. I wouldn’t be surprised if Vin comes back with an moderation of his comments today.

  5. janessa31888 - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Ok, Yasiel, this is going a bit too far. Normally, I agree with your defenders, but this time not so much. You might want to look before you flip.

    • renaado - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Should’ve just flipped it in the other side…

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Why can’t walks be fun?

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      For Pete Rose, they were.

  7. nottinghamforest13 - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Here we go again. Making every attempt possible to show up the ump & the other team. This guy just never learns & should be fined at least a week’s pay. “But he didnt hurt anyone. What’s the big deal?” Had he hit the ump in the head, does he get off scot free? Send a message.

    • joehahntpt - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      This was clearly an accident. The bat looks to have stuck to his glove. He wasn’t “flipping” his bat at all, just tossing it back towards the dugout.

  8. jtpercell - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Later in the broadcast, Vin Scully said that bat flip was “bush.”

    • jerze2387 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      George or Matt?

      • ptfu - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Homer or Dave, if it merely got stuck in his glove.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      No one’s perfect, everyone makes mistakes.

      And I’m talking about Scully here folks, because Puig didn’t do anything wrong.

    • tigersfandan - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      I think Scully is getting tired of watching Puig on a daily basis.

  9. 2bbige - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Combination of too much pine tar and exuberance..lol. He is making strides in his adjustment to MLB (increased walks/plate discipline etc.) so I wish the ” get off my lawn” old farts would cut the kid a break. Those of us who have kids understand that growth is a process. Kid plays hard & with joy…. He will mellow w/experience… He isn’t beating women or robbing stores, so “haters” be gone. Not to mention, the kid is über talented and can flat out play! Happy Father’s Day !

  10. eoyguy - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Molehole meet mountain. If you actually watch the video, he was just trying to toss the bat to the side and it stuck to his hand. End of story.Anyone else no biggie, funny accident.

  11. yankeessuckameanone - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Clown

  12. zinger99 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Real smooth. Young and dumb…

  13. tn16 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    I’m not a puig fan but this has happened to everyone little to much pin tar when u goto let it go it sticks on your hand a little longer then u thought it was going to.
    If this was anyone else no one would bat a eye

    • infieldhit - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      I think that’s the point. Although if it had been someone else, I’m sure there would’ve been an “At least Puig has never done that lol!”

  14. bigbenh8tr - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Craig please state your opinion instead of waiting to use people’s comments as ammo for in future articles when you have nothing to write about

  15. andreweac - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    He should be suspended for the rest of the season. Anything less would send the wrong signal to the youth of today.

  16. stupidusername - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Clearly an accident. There’s no way you could watch the video and not think the same.

    • mjfearby - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      It really does look like an accident. It’s more of a shame this is even a question. If it were any other player, there’d be no question. I personally don’t like him just because I think he’s personally a douche. But he can play some ball.

      • stupidusername - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Unless you throw that term around a lot I think that’s very harsh considering you’ve never met him.

  17. canucks18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    This is one of those stories Calcaterra that you should know better than to print . The line between your writing and TMZ is starting to fade and blend together.
    You should have enough baseball knowledge by now to know it was unintentional and the bat just stuck to his hand.
    For the rest of you calling for suspensions and fines and whatever else… Stop, take a breath, shake your brain from side to side and then slowly pull it out of your own ass.

  18. thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

  19. brandotho - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Yup that definitely just slipped out of his hands. Looked like it was gonna be a typical harmless toss after a base on balls.

  20. onbucky96 - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Puig defenders, good luck. This guy is a tool like ManRam. But he doesn’t hit like ManRam yet. If Scully is calling him out, its time to sit this diva down for a chat.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Manny Ramirez didn’t hit as well as Puig has so far until his fifth full season, when he was 27. Puig’s done it in his age-22 and 23 seasons, right off the bat.

  21. garlicfriesandbaseball - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Reblogged this on Garlicfriesandbaseball's Blog and commented:
    Ronni’s Comment:Well this helped lift my spirits a little after last night’s Giant vs Rockies fiasco. You can always count on the Dodger’s Yasiel Puig for entertainment, one way or another.

  22. tschiav11 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    I’m sure magic approves of his antics. Let the kid play ball and actually enjoy it.

  23. musketmaniac - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    maybe, were looking at this wrong. He’s Cuban. Maybe the bat flip is a mere reflection of his devout religious beliefs. Some kind of ceremonial response to a successfully at bat. Or maybe the guy just likes throwing the wood around.

  24. musketmaniac - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Ray Searage for governa, Vance Worley is pitching well, And I love Cutch for MVP repeat, but the biggest story is the three headed monster guarding our outfield. ,1-2-3 never looked so good.

  25. dougwantstoramble - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    It didn’t look intentional to me…

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