Once the standard-bearer for bat flips, Jose Bautista is certainly enjoying the current brand of Major League Baseball."The game has changed in a lot of ways, but one of the best ways is how celebrations are not so taboo and people are allowed to enjoy them," he told Brittany Ghiroli of The AthleticThe 40-year-old executed one of the most iconic bat flips in the sport's history after hitting a go-ahead home run during the seventh inning in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS while with the Toronto Blue Jays. The homer pushed the Blue Jays to a series win over the Texas Rangers.At the time, Bautista's boisterous celebration was considered excessive. It led to a benches-clearing incident against Texas the following season that crescendoed with Rougned Odor and Bautista brawling at second base.Bat flips are now increasingly becoming the norm, with young stars like San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. leading the way."I hate to talk about bat flips like some important thing you spend time working on," Bautista continued. "Sometimes the moment just takes you there, that's how it happened for me. It was raw emotion and that's how it played out. "With these young players, I enjoy watching them play, more than anything (they do after that). But would I rather they celebrate than golf clap? Yeah."A six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Bautista hasn't appeared in an MLB game since 2018 when he played for the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies. The prodigious slugger led MLB in home runs in 2010 and 2011 while finishing among the top four in AL MVP voting both seasons.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Both the New York Yankees and Houston Astros are down a player after a collision at home plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. Rougned Odor came around to...
Second baseman Rougned Odor was put on the 10-day injured list by the Yankees with a sprained left knee on Wednesday.
Despite no significant structural damage to his knee, Rougned Odor was still placed on the 10-Day Injured List, the Yankees announced on Wednesday.
A scary scene unfolded at Yankee Stadium during the sixth inning of Tuesday's game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.Yankees second baseman Rougned Odor collided with Astros catcher Martin Maldonado as he was trying to score. Rougned Odor and Martin Maldonado both get hurt at a play at the plate. #Yankees #Astros pic.twitter.com/n5JA7jmvUm Justin Groc (@jgroc) May 5, 2021 Odor's leg appeared to buckle as it stepped on the plate and collided with the side of Maldonado's head.Both players were on the ground for several minutes before leaving the field. Odor was helped off but was seen walking under his own power in the dugout shortly after. Rougie tough pic.twitter.com/yCGRV39GNY New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 5, 2021 The incident occurred as Odor attempted to advance after an errant throw to first base, and an ensuing throw arrived at home plate just as the second baseman crashed into Maldonado. The run counted. DJ LeMahieu gives New York the lead!Stream it LIVE: https://t.co/0cgHA97Iau pic.twitter.com/Vbm9ZsPBN4 YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 5, 2021 Tyler Wade replaced Odor at second base, while Jason Castro took over behind the plate for Maldonado.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.