Rays Shortstop Already Planning Bat Flips

Jason Schandl
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames could be planning to channel his inner Fernando Tatis Jr. against the Yankees.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames could be planning to channel his inner Fernando Tatis Jr. against the Yankees. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
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The 2020 MLB season has brought a ton of changes, both good and bad. One that hasn't had anything to do with the coronavirus pandemic but has been pretty polarizing is an apparent uptick in violations of baseball's "unwritten rules".

One of the most fun violations has been an increase in bat flips after home runs, and the San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. has been the poster boy.

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames is using the same locker that Tatis Jr. was using for the Rays' playoff bubble series against the New York Yankees, and Tatis imparted some wisdom.

Admittedly, that's a bit of a big "if", as Adames only went yard 8 times in 54 games in the 220 regular season, bringing his MLB career total to 38 dingers in 291 games. Still, just about everyone except for Yankees fans will now be rooting for Adames to hit a home run in this series.

In a series that promises to be a ton of fun (bat flip or no bat flip), FanDuel Sportsbook has the Rays as slight +108 underdogs to advance to the ALCS. The Rays are also +126 underdogs in Game 1 on Monday.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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