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.
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.