Jun 9, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig walks in the dugout in the ninth inning during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Dodgers won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Vin Scully rips Yasiel Puig after errant bat flip (Video)



A lot of people love the bat flip and a lot of people hate the bat flip. Yasiel Puig’s effort Saturday night is going to give ammo to the anti-bat flip crowd. This was just about as bad as it gets from a bat flip point-of-view.

Normally Puig gets a clean bat flip but he lost control of this one and it nearly hit both the umpire and the catcher. Here was the worst part: it wasn’t even a home run bat flip, it was a ball four bat flip. If you’re going to bat flip on ball four, you better get off a clean bat flip.

We now have to ask the question: has the bat flip jumped the shark? I think we know what Vin Scully’s opinion is on that. At the end of the clip, Scully takes Puig out behind the woodshed and gives it to him. If Vin Scully, the single most amiable man in America, is ripping you then you might have an issue.

I hate to say it, but it might be time for Puig to cool it with the bat flip. After Scully’s rip job, someone on the Dodgers will no doubt have a chat with Puig. You can tick off Don Mattingly, you can tick off Bill Plaschke, you can tick off anybody…but you can’t tick off Vin Scully. Not if you’re a Dodger.

Vin Scully turning against the bat flip is like Walter Cronkite turning against Vietnam. You lose Scully, it’s over.

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  • afannaz

    skully isn’t the loser, the person who puig’s bat hits one day will be the loser. puig is much too flippant with all his bat flipping, and his outrageous, out of control play, in general. some day he’s going to hurt someone else. i hope they do something to stop him/those behaviors before that happens!

  • Jeff Hill

    Bat flip or not, that wasn’t aggregious. But it looked silly. Has anyone ever had pine tar on their hands? That’s likely the culprit. Otherwise I support bat flips, as respectfully as possible, after no doubt home runs or walk-offs.