In the top of the fourth inning of Saturday’s game against the Marlins, Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run to left center to give his team a 6-2 lead. It traveled an impressive distance — 452 feet, according to ESPN’s Adnan Virk.
The most impressive part was not the distance, but Puig’s bat toss. Here is Exhibit A, in .gif form from Chad Moriyama.
The MLB.com video doesn’t give you a great look at it, unfortunately:
Brian McCann and Gerrit Cole could not be reached for comment.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.
The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.
According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.
Nice move, union and league.
We mentioned this in the recaps this morning but Yoenis Cespedes deserves a post of his own.
He deserves it for his walkoff homer in the tenth inning of last night’s game against the Marlins. He deserves it for the fact that he’s hit five homers and has driven in nine runs in his last ten games while raising his batting average ten points. And, most of all, he deserves it for the magnificent bat flip after watching the ball fly:
Here’s the whole play from MLB.com: