Yasiel Puig’s bat flips have been a trademark of sorts for the right fielder, which has sparked debate as to whether or not there’s a place in baseball for that kind of showmanship.
Dan Haren and Don Mattingly recently stated baseball culture has shifted, thus bat flips have become more accepted and are no longer grounds for retaliation.
However, San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wasn’t quite as thrilled with Puig’s bat flip following a home run and the two got into a shouting match as Puig made his way towards home.
Vin Scully referred to Puig as the maestro of bat flips, but on Saturday, the Dodger right fielder had a mishap.
Puig drew a walk in the first inning and while attempting to flip his bat towards the Dodgers dugout, it instead flung back towards Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero and the home plate umpire.
Following the game, Puig discussed the bat flip gone wrong, via Michael Lananna of MLB.com:
It almost slipped off me,” Puig said through an interpreter. He said he didn’t think it would hit him. “I was more afraid it would hit the umpire or catcher.”
Puig finished the game 1-for-2 with two strikeouts and two walks. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks and began Sunday 6.5 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
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