Anyone who thinks pitchers can’t hit obviously hasn’t seen the San Diego Padres’ James Shields with a bat in his hands.

While his career .165 batting average doesn’t jump out at you, the 34-year-old pitcher can send the ball a long way when he gets hold of a good one.

On Monday, the Padres held a friendly team competition based on situational hitting. That’s when Shields got a chance to show his stuff.

Of course, anytime a pitcher blasts the ball, an over-the-top celebration is in order. As everyone learned, Shields’ bat-flip game is second to none.


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