Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Watch Mark Canha unleash epic bat flip after monster home run vs. Angels

Mark Canha has some sneaky swagger in him.

And the A’s center fielder wasn’t afraid to show it Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, even if it was the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2019 season.

Canha destroyed a Felix Pena pitch. He knew he clobbered it, walked out of the batter’s box and tossed his bat high in the air.

Wouldn’t a truly epic bat flip end up leaving the stadium?

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 05:06 AM | 42 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bat flips, mark canha

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 31, 2019 at 12:14 PM (#5827188)
That was not epic. On a scale of 1 to Bautista, that's like a 6.
   2. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: March 31, 2019 at 01:39 PM (#5827196)
Good bat flip, not great. Most sluggers would be expected to make that flip.
   3. Baldrick Posted: March 31, 2019 at 01:42 PM (#5827197)
The bat didn't even 'flip.' I give it a 3.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: March 31, 2019 at 01:47 PM (#5827201)
Anybody can crush a ball that lands a hundred feet past the left field fence. The impressive part is when you can toss your bat in the air a little.

   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 31, 2019 at 01:56 PM (#5827203)
It was a good bat flip, not a great one. People thought it was so great because he hit a long home run after Pena gave him a fat pitch in the gift of the year. I see nothing remarkable about it.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 31, 2019 at 01:59 PM (#5827204)
#5 is almost there, but I think you need a “Lots of players can make similarly good bat flips.”
   7. Walt Davis Posted: March 31, 2019 at 04:42 PM (#5827237)
This is the problem with the game today. Jose Bautista is unsigned in favor of a cheap, mediocre bat-flipper like Canha. This being the A's, they'll probably dump Canha's $2 M salary in favor of some AAA bat-flipper next year.
   8. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 31, 2019 at 07:51 PM (#5827269)
The pitch clock is a good start, but I wish the players would stop messing around with their batting gloves and get to flipping their bats already. No wonder baseball is dying.
   9. JAHV Posted: March 31, 2019 at 08:13 PM (#5827274)
Actually, we could solve the pace of play issues if we just skipped the pitch and the homerun entirely and had batters go straight to the bat flip. That's what the fans really want to see.
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: March 31, 2019 at 08:49 PM (#5827280)
epic bat flip? Serious... that was just a toss... I think the standard is this one. (go to 1:10 in the video or so) this was in the era where people didn't "bat flip" and this was by a guy who at this point in time had one major league homerun, after 5 seasons in the bigs.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 31, 2019 at 09:07 PM (#5827281)
epic bat flip? Serious... that was just a toss... I think the standard is this one. (go to 1:10 in the video or so) this was in the era where people didn't "bat flip" and this was by a guy who at this point in time had one major league homerun, after 5 seasons in the bigs.

Yeah, but still....the ball barely cleared the fence, and Lawless acted like it went 500 feet. He was one small wind gust from being the GOAT, and I don't mean it as an acronym.

Here's what Herzog said about it:
After he hit the ball, Lawless stood at the plate for a moment, then, not taking his eyes off the flight of the ball, started walking toward first base, bat in hand. After he walked about 10 steps, he saw the ball crash against a stone pillar above and beyond the fence, flipped his bat away and began the trot that will be engraved in his memory for the rest of his life and World Series films for posterity.

''When he hit it and stood there,'' Herzog said, ''I thought it must be in the upper deck. It was about a foot out. I asked him about it later and he said he hit it as good as he could hit a ball. I said you better run.''


And #### no, anyway, Joey Bats' flip was a hundred times better and a thousand times more consequential. It remains the Mother of All Bat Flips.
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: March 31, 2019 at 09:22 PM (#5827287)
a thousand times more consequential.


How on earth was it more consequential. let alone a thousand times more? It was a guy throwing a bat because he was pissed off the umps got a call right. Lawless's team went on to lose the World Series. Bautista's team went on to lose the ALCS. Neither of these is remotely consequential.
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 02:44 AM (#5827311)
How on earth was it more consequential. let alone a thousand times more? It was a guy throwing a bat because he was pissed off the umps got a call right.

It was the game winning monster shot home run, in the 7th inning of the deciding game of the best-of-5 series. The only way it could've been more dramatic would've been if it'd had been a walkoff, or if it'd been in the 7th game of a World Series. It was the ultimate in-your-face, #### you flip, as you could see by the reaction of the pitcher and the blowback he got from the Grandpa Simpsons.

As for Lawless's home run, it was in the bottom of the 4th in a game 4 of a 7 game series. Big Whoops. The flip itself was an afterthought, and his own manager wondered why he was just standing there staring at a ball that barely made it over the fence. I suppose he gets affirmative action points for its being the only home run he hit all year, but the 4th inning of a game 4 out of 7 doesn't compare to the 7th inning of a deciding game of any postseason series. I'm not saying Bautista's home run was as eventually consequential as Mazeroski's or Chambliss's or Monday's or Freese's, but find me as dramatic a flip in a context that meant more at the moment.

Lawless's team went on to lose the World Series. Bautista's team went on to lose the ALCS. Neither of these is remotely consequential.

Well, so much for Carlton Fisk. I guess you like players whose teams weren't captured.

   14. SoSH U at work Posted: April 01, 2019 at 09:43 AM (#5827336)
How on earth was it more consequential. let alone a thousand times more? It was a guy throwing a bat because he was pissed off the umps got a call right.

It was the game winning monster shot home run, in the 7th inning of the deciding game of the best-of-5 series. The only way it could've been more dramatic would've been if it'd had been a walkoff, or if it'd been in the 7th game of a World Series. It was the ultimate in-your-face, #### you flip, as you could see by the reaction of the pitcher and the blowback he got from the Grandpa Simpsons.

As for Lawless's home run, it was in the bottom of the 4th in a game 4 of a 7 game series. Big Whoops. The flip itself was an afterthought, and his own manager wondered why he was just standing there staring at a ball that barely made it over the fence. I suppose he gets affirmative action points for its being the only home run he hit all year, but the 4th inning of a game 4 out of 7 doesn't compare to the 7th inning of a deciding game of any postseason series. I'm not saying Bautista's home run was as eventually consequential as Mazeroski's or Chambliss's or Monday's or Freese's, but find me as dramatic a flip in a context that meant more at the moment.

Lawless's team went on to lose the World Series. Bautista's team went on to lose the ALCS. Neither of these is remotely consequential.

Well, so much for Carlton Fisk. I guess you like players whose teams weren't captured.


We're talking about the bat flips, not the ####### homers themselves (which is the whole ####### problem with celebrating bat flips to begin with). There was nothing consequential about either ####### bat flip. To the extent the bat flips are remotely interesting, Lawless's was notable because it was a) unusual for the time period and b) done by a guy who sucked. Bautista's was interesting because it was more of a bat throw than flip, and done angrily rather than in celebration.

As homers go, Bautista's was more meaningful, a little bit. It was still just in the ALDS, and just the seventh inning. Lawless's was in a more important series (the WS seriously trumping the DS, and one that went seven games, but in a less meaningful moment). Without your longstanding anti Whitey-era Cards bias, you'd probably recognize these dingers are far closer in ultimate relevance, not the exponentially greater impact you're yammering about.


   15. PreservedFish Posted: April 01, 2019 at 10:00 AM (#5827339)
Why are we fighting gentlemen? Each bat flip is beautiful in its own way. They're all God's creatures.
   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 10:01 AM (#5827340)
I'll let the fair and balanced Fox Sports Channel arbitrate this little dispute:

1. Jose Bautista

There was a time in Bautista’s career when he must have wondered, “How many bat flip chances will I get?” That’s because through the first six years of his time in The Show, Bautista put up modest power numbers totaling only 59 home runs. Everything changed in 2010, when the man they now call Joey Bats hit an absurd 54 home runs, five shy of what he had previously done in his entire MLB career.

Bautista never topped the 50 again, but had gone over the 25-mark five straight years (including two seasons with 40 or more) leading up his injury-shortened 2016 season. He’s had some major moon shots for the powerhouse Blue Jays, but none as memorable and emphatic as the one against the Rangers in the 2015 ALDS.

During a crazy, 53-minute 7th inning in Game 5, which included errors/questionable calls, fans throwing garbage on the field and the benches clearing twice, it was a monumental bat flip that will be remembered most. With the game tied 3-3 with two outs, Joey Bats annihilated a baseball into deep left-center.

Bat flip critique: This is the bat flip to define bat flips. It started with a quick glance towards the outfield, followed by a spontaneous, over-the-shoulder flip and facial expression that can never be duplicated. It may or may not have subconsciously caused Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor to punch Bautista in the face one year later, but, man, was it worth it. Score: 10
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: April 01, 2019 at 10:07 AM (#5827342)
which included errors/questionable calls,


If Fox thought it was a questionable call, they're as dumb as the Jays (and Ray).

And it's OK to think Jose's was the best. It was your hyperbolic disagreement that I took exception with, particularly given your track record when it comes to the '80s Cards.

   18. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 10:25 AM (#5827347)
SoSH, you should know by now that my use of hyperbole is directly correlated to the insignificance of the point under dispute.

But while looking for evidence to back up my hyperbole, I came across another candidate: The Barry Bonds bat flip when he tied McGwire's single season record. I still think Bautista's the winner, but given the drama that led up to #70, I have to admit that Darth V. Bonds was pretty close.
   19. PreservedFish Posted: April 01, 2019 at 10:33 AM (#5827352)
Perhaps not among the very top contenders, but Asdrubal Cabrera's flip for the Mets was a nice moment, and was in a tighter game spot than any of the flips discussed above - bottom of the eleventh, down by two, two runners on base. Not the playoffs, but a pennant race. The flip itself displays good confidence and nice technique, a two-handed heave that reads exuberant more than arrogant.
   20. TDF, trained monkey Posted: April 01, 2019 at 11:24 AM (#5827380)
Top 50 bat flips of all-time (well, most seem to have happened in the last few years and none are in black & white, but still).
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: April 01, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5827411)
I'll let the fair and balanced Fox Sports Channel arbitrate this little dispute:


Quote 20 from TDF lists Bautista as two... I'll take MLB's take a bit ahead of Fox.
   22. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 01, 2019 at 12:20 PM (#5827429)
[20] I feel like most bat flips have been pretty recent, though. When I was a kid, Brett Boone waa known for his bat flips, but hardly anyone else ever did one. Now they’re everwhere. And none of what I’ve read about in previous eras have mentioned them. Maybe Andy could indulge us with the history of bat flips going back to the 1950’s, though.
   23. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 12:30 PM (#5827435)

I'll let the fair and balanced Fox Sports Channel arbitrate this little dispute:

Quote 20 from TDF lists Bautista as two... I'll take MLB's take a bit ahead of Fox.


Well, obviously that's because you hate America.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Top 50 bat flips of all-time (well, most seem to have happened in the last few years and none are in black & white, but still)

I watched hundreds of games either live or on a B & W TV BITD, and I honestly don't remember a single bat flip from that era. It just wasn't done, and would've been considered "bush".

Of course I'm talking about a time when a home run was greeted only by a simple handshake from the on-deck batter (if even that), and after the game you'd be a thousand times more likely to see fans walking across the playing field on their way to the outfield exits than you'd see the players. The only time you'd see all the players running out on the field after the game would be after the final game of the World Series.** And you'd never, ever see players storm the field after a walkoff home run during the regular season.

** With one exception I can remember: Don Larsen's perfect game, which was game 5 of a 7 game World Series.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: April 01, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5827437)
Has any word been devalued more in the past 5-10 years than "epic?" This is like what travel sports teams have done to the word "elite."

   25. SoSH U at work Posted: April 01, 2019 at 12:36 PM (#5827438)
** With one exception I can remember: Don Larsen's perfect game, which was game 5 of a 7 game World Series.


Most of the Giants mobbed Thomson at home after the Shot Heard Round the World.
   26. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 12:40 PM (#5827443)
True, and I didn't mention that game only because (believe it or not) I didn't see it live. I was born a year too late to see both Thomson's home run and Dimaggio's final year.
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 01, 2019 at 12:47 PM (#5827448)
Has any word been devalued more in the past 5-10 years than "epic?"
I'll go with "fact."
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: April 01, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5827470)
I'll go with "fact."


I'll go with "literally".
   29. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 01:33 PM (#5827479)
I don't know whether the word "so" has been devalued, but for the past few years it seems as if nearly every interviewee on a news show or a talk show begins his or her answer to the initial question with "So,....". It's like a nervous tic, and while it's not really annoying, it's become impossible not to notice it once you've noticed it for the first time.
   30. JAHV Posted: April 01, 2019 at 01:37 PM (#5827485)
I watched hundreds of games either live or on a B & W TV BITD, and I honestly don't remember a single bat flip from that era. It just wasn't done, and would've been considered "bush".

Of course I'm talking about a time when a home run was greeted only by a simple handshake from the on-deck batter (if even that), and after the game you'd be a thousand times more likely to see fans walking across the playing field on their way to the outfield exits than you'd see the players. The only time you'd see all the players running out on the field after the game would be after the final game of the World Series.** And you'd never, ever see players storm the field after a walkoff home run during the regular season.


This sounds wonderful. I was born in the wrong year, apparently.
   31. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 01, 2019 at 03:09 PM (#5827538)
And there were like 8000 fans in the stands per game in those days. Truly the golden age of baseball.


   32. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 01, 2019 at 03:23 PM (#5827544)
I don't know whether the word "so" has been devalued, but for the past few years it seems as if nearly every interviewee on a news show or a talk show begins his or her answer to the initial question with "So,....". It's like a nervous tic, and while it's not really annoying, it's become impossible not to notice it once you've noticed it for the first time.
Oh, man - I have been listening to a lot of Effectively Wild podcasts in the last month or so, and I have very much noticed it. There were team preview interviewees who began nearly every answer with "Yeah, so..." which I think is the millennial evolution of just plain "So." Meg Rowley does it quite a bit too.
   33. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: April 01, 2019 at 03:33 PM (#5827555)
I'll go with "literally".


I'll go with "snarbgwobble".
   34. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 06:09 PM (#5827656)
I don't know whether the word "so" has been devalued, but for the past few years it seems as if nearly every interviewee on a news show or a talk show begins his or her answer to the initial question with "So,....". It's like a nervous tic, and while it's not really annoying, it's become impossible not to notice it once you've noticed it for the first time.

Oh, man - I have been listening to a lot of Effectively Wild podcasts in the last month or so, and I have very much noticed it. There were team preview interviewees who began nearly every answer with "Yeah, so..." which I think is the millennial evolution of just plain "So." Meg Rowley does it quite a bit too


I think almost every generation has something similar. In the late 60's and early 70's "for sure" was the near-universal Boomer substitute for "right", as in "I agree with you." How some of these semi-mindless tics come and go is something I don't think anyone will ever be able to figure out. There've also been "solid" and "word", though at least with them they had an identifiable origin with African Americans.
   35. base ball chick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:18 PM (#5827676)
Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 01, 2019 at 12:20 PM (#5827429)

[20] I feel like most bat flips have been pretty recent, though. When I was a kid, Brett Boone waa known for his bat flips, but hardly anyone else ever did one. Now they’re everwhere. And none of what I’ve read about in previous eras have mentioned them. Maybe Andy could indulge us with the history of bat flips going back to the 1950’s, though


- i KNOW i saw a video from the 50s/60s with mickey doing a bat flip

manny b manny did lots and lots of bat flips. but joey bats infamous one is still #1

   36. SoSH U at work Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:31 PM (#5827681)
- i KNOW i saw a video from the 50s/60s with mickey doing a bat flip


I've seen Mantle's, but I don't think either of the ones I saw were on homers. I think his were flips of anger because he popped pitches up. The videos I can find of him homering just show him dropping the bat down.

   37. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:35 PM (#5827684)
- i KNOW i saw a video from the 50s/60s with mickey doing a bat flip

The only bat flips I remember from the Mick came after he'd struck out. They were done in anger at himself, not in celebration. (EDIT: coke to SoSH)

Of course the most famous bat flip BITD was when Ted Williams fired a bat into the stands and sent Joe Cronin's housekeeper to the hospital. He was very fortunate that the lady was a forgiving soul.
Ted Williams’ bat hits woman in stands
Repentant slugger cries in dugout

Ted Williams’ bat hits woman in stands

A bat thrown by Ted Williams at Fenway Park yesterday afternoon struck a woman spectator and resulted in her being hospitalized over night.

Apparently disgusted for taking a called third strike in the third inning, Williams flung his bat toward the Red Sox dugout.

It sailed into a box seat and struck Mrs. Gladys Heffernan on the left side of her forehead.

Mrs. Heffernan, a housekeeper for Red Sox general manager Joe Cronin, at 77 Lake ave., Newton, was given first aid treatment at the park and then taken to Sancta Maria Hospital for X-rays and observation by Dr. Ralph McCarthy, Red Sox team physician. ...
   38. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 01, 2019 at 11:20 PM (#5827739)
I think his were flips of anger because he popped pitches up.


That is my memory, him flipping in disgust.
   39. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 02, 2019 at 09:29 AM (#5827777)
Mike Piazza was the guy I most remember for doing bat flips, but for him it looked natural. Example
   40. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 02, 2019 at 09:34 AM (#5827780)
I missed the Bautista bat flip when it first happened so I read all of the controversy afterwards first. When I watched it I was expecting to see him running around the bases smiting opposing players with his bat or something like that. The actual video was pretty disappointing.
   41. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 02, 2019 at 09:43 AM (#5827782)
Carlos Delgado had a magnificent bat-flip when he crushed his 4th home run of the game.

Overhand, high rotation, confident, with purpose...

And given that it was a record setting home run (4 HR in a game), as part of a memorable evening (he hit his 300th HR that game), and it was a MONSTER shot (hitting the concrete ABOVE the old restaurant in dead center), he had all the right in the world to flip that ############.
   42. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 02, 2019 at 09:49 AM (#5827784)
#40

The video of the flip is great, but what made the Bautista bat-flip so memorable was the still photo taken when it happened.

The bat hovering in the air, the look of serene confidence on his face, the arm cocked at the end of the flip, and the crowd going bonkers while following the flight of the ball.

Jose knows where it's going. He didn't need to watch it.

It's a work of art.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
BDC
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - November* 2019 College Football thread
(312 - 11:10pm, Nov 16)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

Sox TherapyJ.D. Martinez's Qualified Decision
(59 - 11:08pm, Nov 16)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogBrewers' Christian Yelich tweets harshly at Yu Darvish over accusation
(7 - 11:04pm, Nov 16)
Last: Greg Pope

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread, Start of the 2019-2020 Season
(892 - 11:03pm, Nov 16)
Last: Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean

NewsblogThe Braves spent $40M on a reliever. Is that allowed?
(76 - 11:01pm, Nov 16)
Last: Greg Pope

NewsblogEverything to Know About MLB's New Rules in 2020
(13 - 11:01pm, Nov 16)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogOT - 2019 NFL thread
(128 - 10:58pm, Nov 16)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogDAVIDOFF: Yankees facing a new Clint Frazier trade value reality
(18 - 6:30pm, Nov 16)
Last: Brian

NewsblogTim Tebow's baseball season is over due to July hand injury
(38 - 4:25pm, Nov 16)
Last: My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected

NewsblogOT- Soccer Thread- October 2019
(478 - 4:12pm, Nov 16)
Last: AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther

NewsblogJudge says MASN should pay Nats based on MLB panel decision
(2 - 3:57pm, Nov 16)
Last: Swoboda is freedom

NewsblogWhat Mets told Carlos Beltran regarding sign-stealing scandal
(3 - 3:49pm, Nov 16)
Last: KronicFatigue

NewsblogRequiem for a LOOGY: The problem with baseball’s latest pace-of-play solution
(15 - 1:43pm, Nov 16)
Last: Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride

NewsblogHere's the best athlete in all 30 farm systems
(7 - 1:10pm, Nov 16)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogWhy J.T. Realmuto’s contract extension with the Phillies might take some time
(2 - 12:32pm, Nov 16)
Last: Buck Coats

Page rendered in 0.4561 seconds
46 querie(s) executed