All you crazy bat-flipping home run hitters should thank your lucky stars you weren't born a couple years earlier ... 'cause retired MLB stud pitcher David Wells says if you did it to him ... you'd wear baseball.
We got Wells at the Hank's Yanks Golf Classic in NYC and asked him about the recent trend of the bat flip -- hitters showing up pitchers with aggressive lumber tossing after they go yard.
The main culprit is, of course, Toronto's Jose Bautista ... whose bat flip in game 5 of last year's ALDS has been called -- rightfully so -- "the most ostentatious bat flip of all time."
Check out the clip -- Wells says he would've given Jose a rawhide makeover his next time at bat ... 'cause in DW's opinion, flipping your hickory is just too damn disrespectful.
It's okay guys ... he's retired ... you can flip in peace.