Saturday, May 18, 2024

Almora Jr. nearly hits Braves catcher, umpire with bat

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

During the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs game on Saturday, there was an incident that could have turned out worse than it was. After a third-inning walk, Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. flipped his back, which he thought was going to the Chicago dugout.

However, instead of going towards the dugout, it went up in the air and nearly hit Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki and home plate umpire, Chad Fairchild, when it came down. Both Suzuki and Fairchild joked about it after it happened.

Chicago Cubs player Albert Almora Jr. watches his home run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning
Albert Almora Jr. watches his home run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The announcers said that pine tar may have been to blame for the failed bat flip. If the bat would have hit either Suzuki or Fairchild with the conditions in Chicago, it would have hurt worse than normal, as it was cold there.

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Chicago is known as the Windy City. However, there was not enough wind to help this bat flip that failed miserably.

Bat flips happen at all different times throughout a baseball game. Normally, it is a way for the batter to show emotion, either after a home run or through frustration, as they struck out.

According to Yahoo Sports, this is the second time in the past four years that a batter nearly hit a catcher and an umpire with a bat flip. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig nearly hit himself, Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero and home plate umpire Bill Welke with a bat flip that went wrong.

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The incident with Puig happened in the first inning after he received a walk by Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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