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VIDEO: Yasiel Puig breaks his bat on a check swing

Aug 9, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

OK, so this is pretty bizarre.

In the top of the seventh inning last night against the Brewers, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig attempted to check his swing on a pitch from reliever Zach Duke. However, his bat didn’t cooperate, as it snapped off in his hands and the barrel went flying toward the infield. Seriously. Check it out below.

The look of confusion on Puig’s face is just fantastic. That takes some serious strength. Or perhaps his bat is so conditioned to being flipped that it began doing it on its own? That’s what I’m going with, anyway.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Gratuitous bat killing!

  2. hushbrother - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Between Brendan Ryan’s double-tap and this it’s been a weird week for bats.

    Jim Rice apparently broke his bat on a check swing on one occasion.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    The kid will do anything to upset traditionalists.

  4. jwbiii - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    A bat flip on a check swing? This punk has no respect for the game!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Good one.

  5. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Anyone think the talk at the Dodgers announcers’ water cooler lately has been about how Puig in center reminds them of Bo Jackson?

    • yahmule - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Puig is already twice the player Jackson ever was.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        I think you’re underrating Bo Jackson. 225 pound men aren’t supposed to be that fast and nimble, and men that fast and nimble aren’t so damn strong. I had forgotten how exciting Jackson was until I watched the 30 in 30 ESPN doc on him.

        He was the most exciting man baseball for 3 seasons. He played pro football as a hobby. If he didn’t tear his hip, or if the internet was around back then, he would have had a more lasting impact.

      • yahmule - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        His impact is plenty lasting. Way more than anybody with a .309 lifetime OBP and and absurd 841 strikeouts in 2393 lifetime AB’s deserves, but Nike.

        Truly awesome athlete, but not a great player in either sport. He couldn’t carry Marcus Allen’s jock as a football player.

        And don’t tell me I had to see him to appreciate him. I saw him remove himself from games against Alabama with thigh strains.

  6. imakcds - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    There sure is alot of judgementalism on this thread…
    Yasiel is a very young kid, and he plays with the enthusiasm and bravado of….a kid.
    I’m sure everyone here was an Eagle Scout growing up, full of Respect…right??
    Allow this amazingly talented player to mature and grow up, I’m sure you were given that chance.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Dude, fix your sarcasm detector. Every one of the “negative” comments above were jokes based on things people who don’t like Puig have actually said.

      • imakcds - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        Dude: Learn how to use the english language if you want to communicate something.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        Fine, “was,” Mr. Grammar Police.

    • jwbiii - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Judgemental? Yes, I am. In my judgement, he’s a damn fine, exciting baseball player. I look forward to watching him for the next 15 years or so.

  7. mtygringo - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Jim Rice and Albert Belle also broke bats on check swings…

    • beavertonsteve - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      That’s some nice company.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:16 PM


      • gloccamorra - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Nope. they like to shave down the handle for a better grip, and go too far – look how thin it is. Also, he didn’t keep the label up.

  8. andreweac - Aug 9, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    The bat knew Puig doesn’t respect the game and play the game the right way. It did not want to be a part of any magical feat Puig might do at the plate.

    An old, white, fat newspaper reporter told me this so it must be true. Everything a BBWAA member says is gospel.

  9. jrod2go - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Wish they had the Bob Uecker call on that.

  10. sfm073 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    What does strength have to do with this!

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