Jul 12, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) is tries to break his bat after striking out in the fifth inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. At left is home plate umpire Scott Barry. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Gomez really wants to break his bat (Video)


Breaking a bat is not as easy as it looks. You don’t have to tell Carlos Gomez who found his bat impossible to snap after striking out against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Give Gomez points for sticking with it at least. After the bat fails to break on the first try, he slams it over his leg two more times, finally dropping the bat to the ground in disgust.

Bat 1, Carlos Gomez 0.

Lately we’ve seen a rash of MLB players trying, and sometimes failing, to break bats in disgust. The bat break is to failure what the bat flip is to success.

But which trend is more idiotic, the bat flip or the bat break? I would say the bat break. The bat flip is tired out but at least the one executing the flip isn’t destroying anything and isn’t putting their own body in potential peril.

Look at everything wrong with the bat break. You’re killing a perfectly good bat, which is wasteful. Also, you’re beating the hell out of your own leg which I shouldn’t have to explain is a terrible idea.

Plus, when you fail at breaking the bat, you just look like a complete idiot and everyone laughs at you.

Between the two scourges, I would say the bat break is the more irksome. The bat break is the one that needs to go. The bat flip I can live with, but only if it’s sincere. No more bat flips on walks. Bat flips on huge home runs, I’m down with that. Forced bat flips, not so much.

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