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Charles Curtis

The Javier Báez swings at everything meme has reached new heights

It’s become a punchline at this point: Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez really does swing at everything.

We’ve seen him wave a bat at a pitch that’s like five feet off the plate. We’ve watched pitches that look like they’re deliberately thrown into the other side of the batter’s box turn into a strikeout. There have been swings at pitches that bounce in front of the plate.

You get the idea. And it’s become a big problem, as he’s batting a woeful .217 with just nine dingers this year.

But it’s also become a meme, and I’ve now seen it used a bunch for bad first pitches like the one we saw from Stephen A. Smith:

This also doesn’t help:

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