Puig cuts back on flip at­ti­tude

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Dy­lan Her­nan­dez dy­lan.her­nan­dez@la­times.com

What hap­pened to Yasiel Puig’s bat flip?

When Puig home­red Mon­day night in the Dodgers’ 10-in­ning, 6-5 victory over the Seat­tle Mariners, he didn’t so much flip his bat as he did toss it aside. This was by de­sign. Puig said re­cently he in­tends to cut down on his trade­mark bat flips, if only be­cause he is sen­si­tive to how they might be per­ceived.

Though ac­knowl­edg­ing that some fans are en­ter­tained by his the­atrics, Puig said in Span­ish, “I want to show Amer­i­can base­ball that I’m not dis­re­spect­ing the game.”

Puig main­tained that his bat flips aren’t in­tended to dis­re­spect the game or his op­po­nents.

“I don’t do that be­cause I lack re­spect,” he said. “I do that be­cause of the emo­tions that I have.”

That be­ing the case, Puig said he might flip his bat if he comes through in an emo­tion­ally charged sit­u­a­tion.

“If it’s a big home run or if I’m frus­trated be­cause I couldn’t connect in my pre­vi­ous at-bats or if I drive in im­por­tant runs for my team, I might do it,” he said. “You never know. I can’t say I won’t do it.”

No doubt cam­eras will be ready if he does. While op­po­nents have oc­ca­sion­ally taken ex­cep­tion to Puig’s an­tics, oth­ers can’t get enough of them. MLB.com even com­piled clips into a high­light video it en­ti­tled, “An ode to Yasiel Puig’s best bat flips.”

Alex Gal­lardo As­so­ci­ated Press

NO DISREPECT, but it wasn’t a home run when Yasiel Puig tossed his bat against the Padres last week.

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