Why do some baseballs players sniff their bats after hitting a foul?

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Walt O'Reagun Profile
Walt O'Reagun answered

LOL ... What?!? ... I've never seen that.  Though I don't generally watch professional baseball.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

At dinner, Ted (Williams) repeated the question to Mattingly.

"People think I'm crazy, but yes," replied Mattingly. "It takes a perfect rising, four-seam fastball, a perfect swing, a foul straight back ... And you can smell the burn of the seams and the bat."

http://espn.go.com/gammons/s/2002/0705/1402438.html

Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

Most of it is superstition as baseball players are very superstitious but there other ideas also.

If you foul off the ball just right, the friction causes the varnish on the bat to burn and you'll actually smell a sweet, piney scent.

I don't think the players are smelling their bats, they are probably just looking at them really closely. If the ball doesn't hit square in the middle width of the bat, then the pressure isn't evenly distributed through it and it will sometimes crack (or occasionally shatter) the bat. The players are just making sure their bats weren't damaged when they fouled off.

Woof Woofy Profile
Woof Woofy answered

they like the foul smell it leaves behind.

Dance like a gypsy Profile

I've never seen that happen before but I bet they don't smell good

Francois masse Profile
Francois masse answered

As a former ball player, i can tell you i had an eye-to-eye-close-quarter mental discussion anytime i would miss an offering... Baseball players talk to their mitts, bats, caps and even the chalk bag.

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