Craziest Bat Flips of All Time

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

Craziest Bat Flips of All Time

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    Over the hundreds of years of baseball, there have been plenty of players who have had a unique celebration after connecting on an absolute bomb.

    And while it's in baseball's unwritten rules to keep it within reason, one that has generally been accepted—for the most part—is the bat flip.

    Hell, the thing has gotten so popular that guys are doing it even when they draw a walk.

    So for that reason, I'm taking a look at some of the all-time best bat flips in baseball—so if you're taking notes on how to do it, these dudes will help you out.

Yasiel Puig I

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    Since making his debut in the major leagues last season, L.A. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has seemingly done it all.

    He has provided hundreds of remarkable plays, dazzled with his rare athleticism and really pissed off other teams.

    So it wasn't surprising to see San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner confront him after a monster jack a month ago to show he didn't like Puig's antics.

Jayson Werth

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    As you'll see, a few of these bat flips are monstrous, but Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth's is just cool.

    I'm not sure there's any other way to describe it, because Werth not only kills a ball for a grand slam against the Miami Marlins, but then calmly tosses his bat low towards the dugout, showing that he just doesn't give a damn.

Cody Ross

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    The best thing about this particular bat flip by Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross is that he not only watches the ball fly over the outfield wall, but after standing in the box and idolizing what he just did, he flips the bat with one hand to add just a little more swag.

    And while the bat flip has been shunned by a few in the game, Ross has seemed to make it his trademark—even if he isn't a huge fan of it himself.

Yoenis Cespedes

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    A monster of a man in the outfield—at least with his cannon arm—and at the plate for the Oakland Athletics, Yoenis Cespedes made a strong, finishing statement after hitting his Home Run Derby-clinching bomb during last summer's Midsummer Classic.

    Beating out Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, Cespedes basically closed the event with a mic drop, leaving everyone with a smile on their face as he walked out of the batter's box.

    That's a jam, right there.

Wil Myers

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    The thing I like about Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers' bat flip is that he actually throws it away from his dugout after acknowledging his home run.

    But, hey, if you're going to show up a pitcher and an opposing team, tossing one's lumber towards their dugout is the way to do it.—although most people might end up with a bruise following their next at-bat after getting drilled by a fastball, so be warned.

David Ortiz

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    One of the best players in the game, if there's one person on this list who is worthy of flipping his bat and staring down his homers, it's the Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz.

    And when you add in the fact that the moonshot came against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium, you know it meant even more to Big Papi.

    Of all these bat flips though, Ortiz's seems the most like he's been there before, as if he's just taking a bow towards his own dugout for crushing another homer.

Scott Hairston

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    Much like his San Francisco Giants teammate I mentioned earlier, pitcher Matt Cain isn't a fan of the bat flip celebration.

    At least, that's the sense one might get after seeing him stare down former San Diego Padres player Scott Hairston a few years ago.

    This one actually looks like it might hurt, with Hairston whipping it one-handed across his chest towards the dugout—but it was still a classic way to piss off the other team.

Hong Sung-Heon

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    Careful, Hong Sung-Heon, you wouldn't want to hurt yourself with that ridiculous bat flip.

    After connecting on a pitch during a game last month, the Korean baseball player made quite the name for himself around the Internet for the stunt—which may or may not be a good move.

    Either way, when a bat flies completely out of the screen, that means it's epic—and Sung-Heon's flip of the wood is just that.

On-Deck Bat Flip

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    Little League coaches everywhere always remind their players to toss the bat towards the dugout after an at-bat, but this kid seemed to take things to the next level.

    After a knock against the pitcher, he doesn't stand and watch the ball in flight, but instead actually takes off for first base—throwing his bat a good 20 feet near his own on-deck circle, almost clocking his teammate who was standing in it.

    Note to any future bat flippers, you'll have to do a lot to pass this kid's.

Hanley Ramirez

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    OK, so this isn't a bat flip that was supposed to happen, but it technically counts as one, right?

    After a ferocious swing at a pitch against the San Francisco Giants last summer, L.A. Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez loses grip of his bat and watches it helicopter into the stands into the arms of a young kid.

    Ramirez doesn't even reward the kid by letting him keep that specific bat, replacing it with another one that doesn't nearly have the same story.

Tony Pena

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    As someone who grew up a huge Cleveland Indians fan, this Tony Pena bat flip home run is one that's dear to my heart.

    That's because the homer wasn't just a walk-off homer that won the game for the Tribe, but actually came in extra innings during Game 1 of the Divisional Series against the Boston Red Sox in 1995.

    A fifth-grader at the time, I remember watching this one at about one in the morning and not being able to sleep because I was so amped up—so thank you, Tony Pena, I'm sure I was a zombie at school the next day in my algebra class.

Bret Boone

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    He may not be in the league any longer, but having his own commercial about the bat flip back in 2003 might just prove that former big-leaguer Bret Boone is the absolute king of the thing.

    As the ad shows, whether Boone was at the plate, on the golf course or just hanging around the crib with some random household item, he was flipping it back like a boss.

Choi Jun-Seok

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    When one first sees the ball fly off the bat of Korean player Choi Jun-Seok's bat, it appears as though he just crushed a deep homer.

    But upon further review, the premature celebration and ridiculous bat flip was nothing but a tease, as Choi's ball ended up hooking way foul.

    This is why we can't have nice celebrations.

Yasiel Puig II

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    Happening just this past weekend, L.A. Dodgers star Yasiel Puig has already landed on this list as a routine bat flipper, but this one has to be his finest, right?

    While most of Puig's—and other players'—bat flips come following a big fly, this one happens after he gets a free pass.

    That's absolutely not what he meant to do, but it ended up being pretty darn funny.

Delmon Young

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    Never do this, kids.

    After a few calls that he didn't exactly agree with, current Baltimore Orioles outfielder Delmon Young wasn't celebrating anything when he flipped his bat, but was showing his anger, actually hitting an umpire in an International League game in 2006.

    While other guys might get drilled by a pitch in their next plate appearance, Young got hit with a 50-game suspension by the league—which was definitely well-deserved.