Bat Flips That Have Happened: Mike Piazza, 1999


The Hall of Fame and who belongs in it appears to be a subject of some import to many fans of base-and-ball — and also of some import, one assumes, to those former players whose careers are the object of much public scrutiny on days and nights like this one.

Were the present author tasked with building a Hall of Fame from scratch, it (i.e. said Hall) would be (a) quite different than the present one and (b) very poorly managed and (c) full of gratis scotch (although not in that order, necessarily).

Also, it would most certainly have an entire wing dedicated to gentleman ballplayers flipping their bats — like in this GIF of Mike Piazza, New York Catcher, flipping his goddamn bat.

Credit to James Kannengieser for bringing author’s attention to — and to Eric Simon for manufacturing with American sweat — the GIF in question.

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Carson Cistulli occasionally publishes spirited ejaculations at The New Enthusiast.

10 Responses to “Bat Flips That Have Happened: Mike Piazza, 1999”

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  1. Greg W says:

    I await the player who, by a mechanism of his own devising, causes his bat to vaporize immediately after it leaves his hands. The batflip unending.

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  2. John says:

    He doesn’t FLIP that bat–he sets it free, like a dove, and it flips ITSELF from his hands, full of giddy joy at the work it did for its master.

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  3. War2d2 says:

    Is there a reason that certain players show a more perfect grasp of the bat flip? A flare for the dramatic? An innate knack for showmanship? I was never much of a Mike Piazza fan, but the man knew how to flip, as Carson says, a goddamn bat.

    This isn’t only the purvey of Hall-worthy professionals though. Witness, Kosuke Fukudome. While he was slightly below average as a hitter throughout his career, the one thing the man clearly excelled at was the art of the goddamn bat flip.

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  4. The Director says:

    Dick Allen should have his own wing in the Hall of Fame as well. But that goes without saying.

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  5. Dave (UK) says:

    Helluva flip and nice Belle and Sebastian reference slipped in too. Nice piece

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  6. Antonio bananas says:

    Is “flipping his goddamn bat” a “goddamn batman” reference?

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  7. Mr. Observant says:

    It takes a certain man to make that little skip-hop post-bat-flip look studly. And bodacious. And virle, like a mighty man of the Old Testament. Well done, Mr. Piazza, well done…

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  8. Big Jgke says:

    Best bat flip ever is the one Delmon Young did at that catcher in the minors.

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  9. Toasty says:

    Bat flip article category plz

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