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Watch Marlon Byrd break his bat without making contact with the ball

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Marlon Byrd swings and misses -- but somehow ends up with just a portion of the bat still in his hand [Video]

Marlon Byrd is a strong guy.

Just how strong is the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder?

So strong that he broke a bat just by swinging it on Sunday.

In the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, Byrd took a cut at a 1-0 pitch from New York Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese. He missed but was somehow left with just a small portion of the bat in his hands.

Multiple replays showed that Byrd's bat didn't touch a thing on the play. It just snapped.

Maybe the bat was broken on a previous pitch. But even so, it was intact enough that Byrd didn't notice anything wrong with it.

Byrd eventually went down swinging but didn't break any more bats in the process. He struck out two more times but notched a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. But it wasn't enough to prevent the Phillies from falling to the Mets, 4-3.

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