Javier Baez completely fooled by pitch, roasted on Twitter for awful swing-and-miss

By , Audacy Sports

It's never a good feeling to have the bat still on your shoulder when a pitch crosses the plate, specifically if that pitch is a strike. But it's an even worse feeling when you swing so early that your entire motion is finished and the ball is already on your other shoulder... and the ball still hasn't crossed the plate.

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Unfortunately, that was pretty much the case for New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez on Tuesday night in a game against the San Francisco Giants. Pitcher Sammy Long decided to pull the string and deliver a 78-mph changeup, and Baez swung out of his shoes (via MLB Film Room). While this clip may not do it justice, the slowed-down video of an alternate angle below certainly does.

And now, the other angle.

Heck, even Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins had a laugh over just how poor Baez's attempt was.

Baez has batted .190 since arriving from the Cubs, with 16 strikeouts to only eight hits and three walks. The pinnacle of this — or low point, rather — was when he went 0-5 with five Ks against the Miami Marlins on August 5. If it's any consolation, however, he did hit a late home run for the lead in the game prior.

And while his swing against Long's changeup may have looked really bad on the surface, and everyone was virulently making fun of him for the mishap, he actually ended up making good in the plate appearance.

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