Padres P James Shields Crushes Ball During Drill, Celebrates with Wild Bat Flip

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2016


Anyone who thinks pitchers can't hit obviously hasn't seen the San Diego Padres' James Shields with a bat in his hands.

While his career .165 batting average doesn't jump out at you, the 34-year-old pitcher can send the ball a long way when he gets hold of a good one.

On Monday, the Padres held a friendly team competition based on situational hitting. That's when Shields got a chance to show his stuff.

Of course, anytime a pitcher blasts the ball, an over-the-top celebration is in order. As everyone learned, Shields' bat-flip game is second to none.