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Poll: Bat Flips (33 member(s) have cast votes)

Flipping your bat is...

  1. Good (11 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. Bad (6 votes [18.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.18%

  3. Who cares (16 votes [48.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.48%

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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:20 AM

This seems like a divisive topic for whatever reason.

 

Baseball's "old guard" seems to dislike the idea of a player flipping their bat ten feet in the air and disrespects the pitcher. Meanwhile, you have pitchers like the Dodgers' Kanley Jansen who said after the game "You can do whatever you want to if you hit me out, I don’t care. You got me."

 

 

(Then you have Yasiel Puig who went the other direction and overtly set the bat down after glancing at the pitcher.)

 

 

Personally, I love it. I love it so hard. It's a great moment. Baseball is supposed to be fun and, to me, this is a way of expressing that. So, what do you think? Where do you stand on the idea of bat flipping?

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#2 Vanimal46

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:35 AM

Always been for bat flipping. Emotions run high in baseball. Especially the post season. Have fun celebrating a good thing!

Most of all, don't plunk the batter on their next PA just because he hit a home run and flipped his bat.
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#3 Mike Sixel

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:36 AM

Always been pro. Very much pro.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:43 AM

I'm pro as long as it's a big moment similar to these.  Regular season or post season as long as the game is close I'm fine with it.  If your team is up big with only a few innings left then I don't see the purpose other than to show up the other team.  Basically what Jose Ramirez did a few seasons ago against the Twins.  Also, I'm not a fan of Puig staring down the pitcher right after his homerun.  By all mean pimp the sh*t out of your homerun but don't star down the pitcher.

 

 

Edit:  It's probably easier to celebrate if you're the opposing team because your dugout is on the first base side.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:45 AM

I don't have much problem, especially in high emotional times since as game winners and any playoff situation.

 

I do fear a little, that if the gates open widely for bat flips, the game could become more circus-like than I would prefer, and I'm not especially keen on showing up players or having pre thought out celebrations. Tough balance with the obviously true point that baseball is at its core fun. But spontaneous reactions in big moments strike me as a no brainer.

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#6 Parker Hageman

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:48 AM

 

I'm pro as long as it's a big moment similar to these.  Regular season or post season as long as the game is close I'm fine with it.  If your team is up big with only a few innings left then I don't see the purpose other than to show up the other team.  Basically what Jose Ramirez did a few seasons ago against the Twins.  Also, I'm not a fan of Puig staring down the pitcher right after his homerun.  By all mean pimp the sh*t out of your homerun but don't star down the pitcher.

 

 

Edit:  It's probably easier to celebrate if you're the opposing team because your dugout is on the first base side.

 

Kurt Suzuki seems to be a huge protector of the unwritten rule. In addition to being one of the more animated yellers during the Ramirez pimp job, he was also lecturing Jose Bautista at the end of his home run this year...

 

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 12:19 PM

Staring down the pitcher crosses the line. Bush league behavior.

If bat flips get common then we'll see a guy flipping his bat after a first inning home run and we'll think that looks stupid.

When the game is on the line? I like the emotion.

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#8 Mike Sixel

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 12:56 PM

 

Staring down the pitcher crosses the line. Bush league behavior.

If bat flips get common then we'll see a guy flipping his bat after a first inning home run and we'll think that looks stupid.

When the game is on the line? I like the emotion.

 

Who is this "we" you speak of that will think it looks stupid, because I won't. Celebrate! Enjoy life. You only have a couple handfuls of decades here, enjoy the bleep out of them.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:14 PM

 

Who is this "we" you speak of that will think it looks stupid, because I won't. Celebrate! Enjoy life. You only have a couple handfuls of decades here, enjoy the bleep out of them.

Fair enough. I should have said ‘I’.
In the NFL I’ve seen where a guy celebrates a touchdown with an elaborate dance. Except that his team is still down by over 20 points and there is almost no time on the clock.
For that player it has ceased to become a team sport.

Bat flips in the bottom of the ninth when still down by 6 runs? OK, but they are celebrating themselves. The team has become secondary.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:25 PM

Kurt Suzuki seems to be a huge protector of the unwritten rule. In addition to being one of the more animated yellers during the Ramirez pimp job, he was also lecturing Jose Bautista at the end of his home run this year...
 


With all the HRs Bautista hit at Target Field you'd think Suzuki would be over it by now.
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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:28 PM

Honest emotion, not disrespectful of the game, or other players? Great.

Calculated, "look at me" preening? Disrespectful asshattery? Baseball is better without it.
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#12 Mike Sixel

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:33 PM

 

Honest emotion, not disrespectful of the game, or other players? Great.

Calculated, "look at me" preening? Disrespectful asshattery? Baseball is better without it.

 

that's a fine line, since "disrespectful" has some pretty wide meaning.....but sure, I'm generally in agreement, if old, mostly white, players and coaches can lighten up....

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:55 PM

My coaches, including summer camps with Dick Siebert, were mostly concerned with my not hitting anyone when I tossed my bat. Siebert never got near the area code of “Don’t pimp your flip.” Count me among the “Who cares” set.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 02:23 PM

Always been for bat flipping. Emotions run high in baseball. Especially the post season. Have fun celebrating a good thing!
Most of all, don't plunk the batter on their next PA just because he hit a home run and flipped his bat.

This is a good point. It’s odd that throwing at people is acceptable but celebrating is considered inappropriate.
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Posted 26 October 2017 - 02:37 PM

Just as long as we don't have the Twins sitting down in a circle along the first base line after a homerun to play a game of Duck Duck *Grey Duck.* 

 

Honestly I think that bat flips are immature and childish.I did it once in middle school and realized how dumb it was.Act like you've hit a few homeruns before.But, it's fine if they keep doing it if they want.I don't think it's any kind of moral attack on the pitcher.But if you do it, I'm allowed to judge you.Same as it was my right to judge Randy Moss' behavior with the Vikings.If there's no rules prohibiting it, do whatever you want.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:04 PM

 

Just as long as we don't have the Twins sitting down in a circle along the first base line after a homerun to play a game of Duck Duck *Grey Duck.* 

 

Honestly I think that bat flips are immature and childish.I did it once in middle school and realized how dumb it was.Act like you've hit a few homeruns before.But, it's fine if they keep doing it if they want.I don't think it's any kind of moral attack on the pitcher.But if you do it, I'm allowed to judge you.Same as it was my right to judge Randy Moss' behavior with the Vikings.If there's no rules prohibiting it, do whatever you want.

 

you don't celebrate at work, when you make progress on something, or do something well, or finish something? Tough work environment.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:13 PM

you don't celebrate at work, when you make progress on something, or do something well, or finish something? Tough work environment.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:17 PM

Plus, I don't think anyone is ever against high fives or handshakes after a win. There is still plenty of celebrating happening out there.
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#19 Mike Sixel

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:36 PM

 

Plus, I don't think anyone is ever against high fives or handshakes after a win. There is still plenty of celebrating happening out there.

 

you also don't play a competitive sport, with tons of adrenaline and excitement for work....where you fail more than you succeed, and a moment can literally change everything about how you and the people you work with are viewed, now, and thru history, publicly.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:44 PM

you also don't play a competitive sport, with tons of adrenaline and excitement for work....where you fail more than you succeed, and a moment can literally change everything about how you and the people you work with are viewed, now, and thru history, publicly.


I think two things are being thought if here. Bat flips during playoffs and high intensity, which seems mostly thought of and ok, and overall increases throughout the season, which is a little more uncertain and might not be as enjoyable for everyone.

Hitting a random HR in June in the 3rd inning strikes me as different than a playoff HR.
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