Handing Out San Francisco Giants’ 2015 Superlative Awards

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The Aaron Rowand Unusual Batting Stance Award 

Aug 11, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies former outfielder Aaron Rowand and the Phillie Phanatic shoot hot dogs into the crowd in between innings against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies, 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rowand is known as one of the worst contracts in Giants’ history, but his weird batting stance brought us hours of amusement. He bent at the knees, like a normal baseball player would do, but leaned back like he had one too many to drink, and held his bat out in very low in front of him, and waggled it back and forth like he was writing his name in the snow. Overall, he looked like a drunk man trying to figure out the proper way to stand in a batter’s box without looking too drunk.

The nominees for this year’s Weird Batting Stance Award are: Nori Aoki, Hunter Pence, Jarrett Parker, and Santiago Casilla.

The winner of this award is Norichika Aoki!

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  • Parker’s stance is not really all that weird, except for the fact that he twitches like a spider is crawling around in his jersey and he’s trying not to freak out. Pence is unusual in everything that he does, and his stance is no different. Casilla is, well, Casilla, and probably should never touch a bat again ever.

    But Aoki takes the cake when it comes to batting weirdness. He only stands at 5’9″ (which may be a little generous) to begin with, but his crouch cuts down on his size by about half-a-foot. Aoki points the top of the bat towards the pitcher, over his head, then begins his swing with a huge leg kick, and swings while pulling his entire body down the first base line.

    It certainly worked for Aoki, as he had a fantastic first half before pitchers decided they didn’t like him anymore.

    This award came to fruition thanks to Kristy on twitter. She’s a good Giants’ fan, give her a follow.

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