Ranking MLB's Strangest Pre-At Bat Superstitions

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Ranking MLB's Strangest Pre-At Bat Superstitions
Ted S. Warren/Associated Press
Don't shake David Ortiz's hand after one of his at-bats.

Ever the odd creatures of habit, many Major League Baseball players will stick to the weirdest routines before every at-bat.

These odd superstitions obviously hold no bearing over the results. If FiveThirtyEight released a report showing a 56 percent offensive spike in batters who crawl to the batter’s circle, we’d witness a lot of grown men slinking to the plate on all fours.

But creating a pattern also establishes the self-fulfilling prophecy that these weird rituals contribute to their success, thus sparking a fallacy that abandoning those quirks will cause their collapse.

Hey, whatever works. From the synchronized movements to unsanitary spitting, here are the strangest pre-at bat routines.

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