Bat Flipping Contest Added To MLB Home Run Derby | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com
As the 2021 Major League Baseball season begin, fans will have something different to look forward to this summer. That’s because, Bat Flipping has officially been added to the Home Run Derby taking place one day before this year’s Mid-Summer Classic. Reports say that this addition is in response to all the social media feedback fans give when Major League sluggers flip their bat after hitting walk-off homers or just because there is bad blood between the teams on the field. Will this be a one-hit wonder, or is All-Star Bat Flipping here to stay?
The rumors Bat Flipping began Wednesday night on the eve of the 2021 season, with many Major League Baseball officials mum when asked for comment. Most insiders believe that during this year’s Home Run Derby, a staple of the All-Star Game festivities, those in the contest will be asked to perform their best bat flips at least five times, with judges on the field scoring each of them. The sluggers with the highest combined score will earn extra points and may be able to advance to the next round of the Home Run Derby using those extra points. Additionally, in the Derby’s Final Round, Bat Flipping will be further encouraged, with fans on social media being able to vote on whose flip was the best, with an award and a cash prize being given to the winner.
Reaction to the rumors was mostly positive on Wednesday, with fans quickly nominating who they want as Bat Flipping judges and which home run hitters should be invited to participate in the contest. The public seems to steer clear of players like Mike Trout, who has the reputation of being “old school” on the field, unwilling to show passionate or animation, with fans on social media steering more towards the brash younger stars like Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., those who embrace the game for what it should be, fun for players and the fans.
Even current Major Leagues joined in by nominating their own teammates, hoping that MLB will allow some players to be both a judge as well as take part in the Home Run Derby itself. It is believed, however, that like the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, former players will be the Bat Flipping judges. Some fans were worried a former player or two will pull a “Dwyane Wade” and slant their scoring towards a hometown player or one they played with to influence the outcome.
To the happiness of some and the sadness of others, none of this happened this week as this take is an April Fool’s Joke as someone who actually would embrace more bat flipping in Major League Baseball, but knows the “old guard” (key word being OLD!) would never go for it. I, for one would watch the Home Run Derby if there was a Bat Flipping contest built into it; since there is not, the thought of watching a three-hour batting practice session isn’t something I will ever do, even if it was in my own backyard. This is why baseball is was it is, a game that also looks towards its past while the rest of the sports world looks towards the future, and why the game is in so much trouble.
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