It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. After kicking things off with 16 of the nastiest bat flips this year had to offer, we’ve narrowed it down to just two finalists. It’s the top of the mountain. The big dance. The 2020 Bat Flip Championship. Two will enter the arena (of public opinion), but only one will be crowned the greatest of them all. Let’s take a look at how we got here, and pay our respects to some of 2020’s great celebrations that didn’t make it this far:
And now, for the final time, let’s take a look at our bracket to see who advanced from yesterday:
They were long and hard-fought battles, but Willson Contreras and Fernando Tatís Jr. are your final two contenders, and will meet each other in the Thunderdome to prove once and for all the single greatest bat flip of 2020. Are you ready?
Here’s one last quick refresher on the rules:
- You will be voting on the best batting celebration, which includes the bat flip/drop as well as anything the hitter does running down the first base line (e.g. snapping a selfie, yelling at the dugouts, etc.)
- You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want.
- Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning.
Now with that out of the way, let’s get ready to rumble!
Willson Contreras vs. Fernando Tatís Jr.
Here we are, the final two flips, squaring off in a battle for supremacy in the Thunderdome. On one side, we have Willson Contreras and his mile-high bat launch against the White Sox in their crosstown series from earlier this year. While I’m pretty sure he broke major league records for height and rotation, he faces off against perhaps the most exciting player in baseball, Fernando Tatís Jr. Tatís lit the baseball world on fire in 2020, with his aggressive playstyle and almost unbelievable skill on the diamond. Both players also showed off their passions for big celebrations, and made it difficult to take your eye off of them no matter where they were on the field. Now two of baseball’s most exciting players will face off in the Thunderdome, with eternal bat flipping glory on the line.
One last time, their fates are in your hands. Vote!
For those of you that have been following along this week, thank you for weighing in and helping us narrow down the best batting celebrations of 2020. Be sure to check back in again each week next season, where we will once again rank the best bat flips of each week here on Pitcher List. Until then, be sure to support your favorite finalist here in the comments below, or also on Twitter.
See you soon.
(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire) | Adapted by Doug Carlin (@Bdougals on Twitter)