Continuing Bat-Flip Coverage for America: Leonys Martin

Martin HR 2

No less an authority than Wikipedia, a free and electronic encyclopedia of some renown, informs us that an existential crisis might result from any of the following conditions:

• The sense of being alone and isolated in the world;
• A new-found grasp or appreciation of one’s mortality;
• Believing that one’s life has no purpose or external meaning;
• Searching for the meaning of life;
• Awareness of one’s freedom and the consequences of accepting or rejecting that freedom; and
• An extremely pleasurable or hurtful experience that leaves one seeking meaning.

What is not present — neither in the aforementioned Wikipedia entry, nor in any of the relevant literature — is “the frequent manufacture of animated GIFs depicting baseball players performing what is known colloquially as a ‘bat flip.'”

Ought one to regard the omission as an oversight on the part of scholars within the discipline, or rather as assurance that the GIF-ing and posting to an absurd weblog of notable bat flips is unlikely to lead directly to personal ruin? The answer eludes us for the moment.

In the meantime, however, NotGraphs presents the GIF above, featuring a combination of Leonys Martin and also Leonys Martin’s joie de vivre, from the young outfielder’s game-winning home run on Tuesday night against the Angels.

Credit to concerned internet citizens Taylor Camfield, Kate Morrison, and Kazuto Yamazaki for bringing these events to the author’s attention.




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9 Responses to “Continuing Bat-Flip Coverage for America: Leonys Martin”

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  1. jB4s7 says:

    It almost looks like he whiffed on the bat flip, failing to execute proper end-over-end bat action.

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    • Guy says:

      There in fact were a mere 0 end-over-end flips.

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    • Bill says:

      This is, in fact, one of my favorite techniques. The batsman disregards the bat just enough to show that his tool is no longer worth his grasp, but retains just enough intent to show that it is still worth more effort than the pitcher himself.

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  2. Guy says:

    Carson, just to make sure everyone has seen this, I think a post dedicated to the original bat flip master Bret Boone may be in order. This is old news to M’s fans but maybe new to non-M’s fans!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQRJ_35-vks

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  3. Gilles says:

    There is no real GIF for the reader, but only for the manufacturer. He, whom is human and constrained to banal and mechanical production, is alone with the GIF; and the reader, the universal reader, participates with the imagination of the GIF, ineffectually. Otherwise, the flipped bat is an insult, a vanity, a singular defiant gesture before obliging to round bases again and again and again. The signature of depravity among once noble strikers.

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  4. Ray says:

    I feel that with any more attention devoted to this custom we may see the launch of ESPN Bat Flip Tracker, with detailed information regarding speed of the bat off wrist, distance and torque of flip, and categorization of “No Doubt” and “Just Enough” flips.

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    • cass says:

      First the trajectory of the ball on home runs. Then how fast the home run hitter jogs. Now how the home run hitter flips his bat. We shall soon know all aspects of home runs that do not actually affect the score.

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