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Baseball star breaks bat with wild swing… despite missing the ball!

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...without hitting the ball

...without hitting the ball

In a bizarre moment that has to be seen to be believed, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd had his bat break into two pieces on a pitch he swung at and missed completely.

During Sunday afternoon's game against the New York Mets, Byrd took a typically healthy cut at a fastball from left-hander Jonathan Niese. However, before Byrd's bat could get to the baseball, it snapped at the handle and the barrel went flying toward the first base side of the pitcher's mound.

No contact was made whatsoever — not even a tick. The bat simply broke apart mid-swing, and all that was left in Byrd's hands was the knob.

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Needless to say, that's something you don't see every day. It's strange enough when players actually hit home runs with a broken bat. That's happened numerous times over the years and it still boggles the mind every time. But a broken bat on a swing and miss is a new one.

Mark Townsend, Yahoo!

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