GIF: Hiroyuki Nakajima in Context, in Context

Jeff Sullivan wrote a great post — as he is wont to do — about putting Hiroyuki Nakajima in context. He mentioned Nakajima’s bat flip. Carson Cistulli posted it. It was grand.

But then I saw video of Norihiro Nakamura, he of the .051 ISO and the 41 plate appearances for the Dodgers in 2005. Doing this.

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Where Nakajima had a sort of panache, maybe with an easy grace, Nakamura is an explosion, a cannonball, a rocket going off. Could just be some sort of coincidence? Many men have bat flips, after all.

Unless…

Watch this video. This collection of bat flips from the Japanese league. Nakajima and Nakamura have nothing on some of these guys.

And it’s not like it’s the purview of a few hot-heads. Apppreciate the ginormous bat flip from Tatsunori Hara. The current manager for the Yomiuri Giants. Who led the Japanese national team to victory in the WBC.

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Japanese baseball. Check it out.

[You could do that by going to NPBTracker and perusing Patrick Newman‘s site, since he was so kind to send me on this crazy ride.]




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  1. Bob Gibson/Don Drysdale says:

    That kind of theatrics would guarantee a four-seamer to the ear in the old days. Now they just write letters of complaint to their mommies.

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  2. Dave (UK) says:

    NPB is actually an acronym for Nippon Professional Bat-flipping

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  3. FamousAmazingGuy says:

    Tatsunori Hara has opened my mind to a thought, and perhaps an evolution of the game……

    As far as i know (that means a quick skim of mlb rule book pdf), the batter doesn’t have to flip the bat immediately. In fact, I did not see it mentioned anywhere that bat has to be let go of (or magically flipped) in the batters box at all.

    This opens the door to manny possibilities. Why not keep the bat while your running? It remains in you hand as a tool to be used the way you best see fit.

    A) Hurl the bat in front of the line of sight of the first baseman as he is receiving the throw from the infield, he maybe distracted, he may drop the ball!

    B) If you feel you might have a chance at a double hold the bat like a trident and dive into the bag striking fear in heart of the second baseman!

    C) In a rundown? No problem. Drop the bat strategically on the ground and create obstacles for your foes!

    And where is it written may I ask that once you reach base safely, and play continues that you must surrender your bat? Hmmm? This would take the game to an entirely new level.

    A) Anticipate the footwork of the first baseman when you teammate puts a ball in play, make him dance!

    B) Throw the bat near the pitcher during his wind up in hopes of educing a balk.

    C) Goose your third base coach while he is giving signs.

    Now there probably is a rule that prevents all this, but until I see it, I won’t believe it.

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  4. Greg W. says:

    Japan, Land of 1000 Batflips.

    Another thought I had, is that the most alert player on the whole field, in this league, has to be the guy in the on deck circle.

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  5. A says:

    Hong chi kuo lad had amazing bf in MLB a few years back. Can’t find.

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  6. DH Disdain says:

    TO FamousAmazingGuy: As a kid, I always thought the rule was you could not be holding the bat upon touching 1st Base…..but if you have not found such a rule……

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