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Bishop Hits Four Home Runs at Rays Batting Practice

Bishop Hits Four Home Runs at Rays Batting Practice

Ben Bishop and a few of his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates were at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night to throw out the first pitch, and catch the Rays’ 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, Braydon Coburn, and Bishop also took part in batting practice before the game.

It’s a well known fact that Stamkos was a terrific baseball player growing up in Markham, Ontario, but Bishop must have been a player as well. He stepped up to the plate and belted four home runs, with ease.

Bishop would then jokingly round the bases after being encouraged by his teammates.

The massive 6-foot-7 goaltender has a frame that is normally expected from a pitcher, but it turns out that he can be an intimidating force at the plate.

This comes as a bit of a relief for Lightning fans, as it looks like his torn groin from the long playoff run has been healing nicely. It didn’t require surgery, and Bishop says he feels much better after resting it for a week. He also told reporters that stories about his injury were overblown.

Since he looks healthy, does anybody in the Tampa area need an extra beer league ballplayer this summer?

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.