Important Bat-Flip Coverage: Dodgers Prospect Yasiel Puig

Puig Photo
Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig, flipping the bat even in his profile image.

In today’s sporting journalism, there is all manner of coverage: injury coverage, transaction coverage, rumors coverage, steroids coverage. “Where is all the bat-flip coverage, though?” one is inclined to ask. To which question, the author would like to whisper the answer (i.e. “NotGraphs”) softly into all of America’s respective ears. Given the wild expense of such a project, however, and the implications it might have in terms of violation of privacy, etc., allow me just to present the three following animated GIFs of Dodgers outfield prospect Yasiel Puig — all captured shamelessly and totally sans shame from Puig’s media page at

Including this footage of Puig flipping his bat with the Cuban national team:

Puig 1

And this other footage of him flipping the bat against Cleveland on March 3rd:

Puig 2c

And then doing it a third time, in this case on March 19th against Oakland:

Puig 3a

Print This Post

Carson Cistulli has just published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

18 Responses to “Important Bat-Flip Coverage: Dodgers Prospect Yasiel Puig”

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
  1. Mr. Observant says:

    This videographic evidence clearly establishes that Sr. Puig is a Manly He-Man amongst limp-wristed nancy boys. It’s that high release point, nearly above the ear-line, when the bat sails off to it’s wooden destiny that makes him so full of vigor and élan. A new champion for the youth. Smoke that, Fidel! Or Raul. Or whoever is in charge in Cuba.

    +7 Vote -1 Vote +1

  2. Ted says:

    The Astros’ Justin Maxwell can flip a bat.

    Vote -1 Vote +1

  3. Bluebird in Boulder says:

    Isn’t all bat-flip coverage, by definition, important?

    Vote -1 Vote +1

  4. LTG says:

    Does his bat stick the landing in the first GIF?

    +8 Vote -1 Vote +1

  5. Brian says:

    He’s making a case for an 80 pimp tool

    +19 Vote -1 Vote +1

  6. Youthful Enthusiast says:

    Something about the high release, one-handed flip is incredibly pleasing to this one. Further soul searching is required to better understand this subversive enthusiasm.

    Vote -1 Vote +1

  7. lipitorkid says:

    If you click on the first picture, it looks like he’s whistling in amazement at his own power. If that’s true- that he whistles after hitting HRs that’s even more impressive than the bat flip.

    Vote -1 Vote +1

  8. china_dave says:

    I still prefer manuel puig’s bat-flips

    Vote -1 Vote +1

  9. Wade8813 says:

    I’m just waiting for the day when a fan in the bleachers is hit by a player flipping their bat.

    Vote -1 Vote +1

  10. Brett Boone says:

    Pfffffttttt, really? Needs a more nonchalant release with additional rotation.

    Vote -1 Vote +1

  11. The Yeti says:

    Yasiel is going to get brilled. A lot.

    Vote -1 Vote +1

    • melotticus says:

      In which case he will subsequently steal second base, third base, home plate, and the pitcher’s soul.

      Vote -1 Vote +1

  12. The Yeti says:


    Vote -1 Vote +1