Bat flipping is more en vogue than it used to be back in the day. While the Dodgers now are more of a blue collar club that’s more about letting a winning product on the field shine over displays of fun and flash, there have been times where some boys in blue have let loose and busted out some impressive bat flips.
Over at MLB.com, two researchers took a deep dive look at the best bat flips in the history of the game. Ultimately two Dodgers ended up appearing in the column. We’ll list the Dodger players here but it’s worth your time to give their full piece a read. It’s a pretty fun trip down MLB memory lane.
Coming in at number 7 on this list… Cody Bellinger. Featured is Belli’s go-ahead and game-winning blast off of Chris Martin (old friend alert) then of the Braves in game 7 of the 2020 NLCS. While, the bat flip in and of itself is pretty weak — honestly more of a bat drop — the moment and pandemonium that ensued elevates the moment indeed.
Here’s what MLB.com had to say about the moment.
With the Dodgers and Braves tied, 3-3, in the bottom of the seventh inning and the NL pennant hanging in the balance, Bellinger absolutely crushed a Chris Martin fastball over the wall in right field to give Los Angeles the late 4-3 lead at Globe Life Field. He knew the ball was gone off the bat, and immediately flipped the bat out in front of home plate as a reverse of his follow-through. He then completed the move by strutting toward first base while watching his blast sail into the right-field seats, 400 feet away. It was a masterpiece of a bat flip in the brightest of spotlights.
Still a chill-inducing moment… also one that is sure to make Dodgers fans miss Cody a bit more once again.
Next on the list is technically off the list. Coming in the honorable mentions section, former Dodger Yasiel Puig and one of his many iconic bat flip blasts. In this case, one again the columnists chose a bat flip that had a little more excitement after the fact. Yes, we have Puig vs MadBum.
On May 9, 2014, Puig launched a 2-2 Madison Bumgarner fastball over the wall in dead center. He finished the swing with a signature Puig bat flip and took his time around the bases. Bumgarner did not like that one bit.
It was the true beginning of a beautiful friendship between Puig and MadBum and eventually #PuigYourFriend was born from the many run-ins between these two.
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To get us started, here’s one of my all-time favorites because it was absolutely epic for its time. Shout out to the Hong-Chih Kuo truthers. And rest in peace Vin Scully.
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