Jose Batista (42), who had a fist fight after performing a taboo ‘bat flip’ in the Major League Baseball (MLB), has officially retired.먹튀검증
Batista signed a one-day contract with his home team, the Toronto Blue Jays, for his retirement ceremony on the 12th (Korean time).
Batista is scheduled to say goodbye to home fans ahead of the 2023 MLB Chicago Cubs home game held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 13th.
Batista was an outfielder who led Toronto’s golden era in the 2010s, posting a career batting average of 0.247, 344 homers, and 975 RBIs over 15 seasons from 2004 to 2018.
He made a name for himself as a slugger, hitting 54 home runs in a season with Toronto in 2010.
Batista is more famous for his ‘bat flip’ than his performance.
On October 15, 2015, after hitting the final 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Division Series 3-3, he looked toward the mound for a while and then threw a bat into the air.
The scene remains one of the most dramatic bat flip celebrations in MLB history, but has also been criticized for not respecting the opposing team.
Remembering this scene, Texas got its revenge on Batista the following year.
Batista slid wildly to second base on offense in the eighth inning of an away game against Texas on May 16, 2016, when Texas infielder Lougned O’Door landed a hard punch to Batista’s face.
Odore has also captured the attention of sports fans around the world with his sharp punches reminiscent of a boxer.
Batista played in Toronto until 2017, and after touring three teams in 2018, he never stepped back on the MLB stage.
After being released from his last team, the Philadelphia Phillies, he continued his career in his home country, the Dominican Republic, and participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, appearing in the bronze medal match with Korea.
“Everyone knows I’m retired, but I wanted to make it official,” Batista said through local media such as ESPN.
Meanwhile, Odor, who had thrown a hard punch at Batista, was released last month after playing 59 games for the San Diego Padres this season.