Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper land on MLB.com’s Top 10 Greatest Bat Flips of All Time list
MLB.com just recently released their Top 10 Greatest Bat Flips of All Time list, and Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper both made the list, with Hoskins at No. 2 and Harper at No. 9.
Baseball purists will say that bat flipping is bad for the game, but that’s just ridiculous. Nothing confirms that point more than the NLDS last postseason when Rhys Hoskins bat (slammed) a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-0 lead over the Atlanta Braves.
2. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies
2022 NLDS Game 3 vs. Braves
“For 11 straight Octobers, Citizens Bank Park sat dormant during the postseason. In 2022, Hoskins helped Phillies fans forget about that postseason drought with a bat slam for the ages in the team’s NLDS matchup against the rival Braves.
With the Phillies already leading 1-0 in the third inning, Hoskins got a middle-middle fastball from Braves starter Spencer Strider that he launched deep into left field. Hoskins immediately knew the ball was gone, raising his hands in the air in celebration before spiking his bat near home plate. Hoskins punctuated the bat slam with a sprint around the bases that ended with a raucous celebration in and around the Phils’ dugout.”
The Greatest Swing of Rhys Hoskins’ Career
9. Bryce Harper, Phillies
April 2, 2019 at Nationals
“Back in Washington one month after signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the rival Phillies, Harper was greeted with boos and struck out against Nats ace Max Scherzer in each of his first two at-bats. But the outfielder got the last laugh in the eighth inning, going yard and following up his colossal blast with a bat flip that had many buzzing well after the game.”