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Bautista proving last year was no fluke

Posted on: April 23, 2011 3:55 pm
By Matt Snyder

Jose Bautista entered the 2010 season with career highs of 16 home runs, 63 RBI, a .757 OPS and 68 walks. In 2010, he hit 54 home runs, drove home 124 and had a .995 OPS with 100 walks. Considering he was 29 and had over 2,000 previous plate appearances, many questioned how real that season was. Surely he couldn't come close to repeating things in 2011.

Well, he's off to quite a good start. In fact, he's absolutely raking.

After a two home run game in a loss Saturday, Bautista is now hitting .371 with seven home runs, 10 RBI, 19 runs and more walks than strikeouts (17 to 14). He leads the AL in on-base percentage and OPS-plus, too. This is in 17 games.

Through 17 games last season, Bautista was hitting .238 with three home runs, 12 RBI, nine runs and an .856 OPS.

Even if he slows down a bit, it's past the time to admit 2010 wasn't a fluke. Bautista is a bona fide slugger and one of the best hitters in the bigs. He signed a huge extension in the offseason and still hasn't slowed down. In fact, he's hitting even better at this point.

I'll simply close with this: What do Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera and Jose Bautista have in common? They're the short list of the best hitters in the American League. Can you imagine if someone had said something like that two years ago? Or even last year at this time?

It's been quite the amazing transformation from a mediocre -- at best -- player to a superstar.

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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:56 pm

Bautista proving last year was no fluke

Dreamers- if you look at Bonds that guy put on 15lbs. over one summer and the next summer he jumped 25 to 30 lbs. Bombtista has done nothing like that. The guy moved postions and finally has a hitting coach worth a shit. You can't tell me he hasn't been tested multiply times during the season. If you want a guy that is roiding it up look at Upton for the Angels, that guy is hitting 450 ft HR every night and he looks jacked this year. Just my 2 cents probably only worth one but get of Bombtista's jock

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:39 am

Bautista is guilty!

Face Nation guarantees everyone that Bautista will be found guilty of obstruction of justice, I mean using steroids, or whatever the legal term is.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 4:13 pm

Bautista proving last year was no fluke

Agreed. It is just a matter of time until a positive test or a blown out knee comes about. I'm still waiting for the verdict on Hanley Ramirez as well.

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 9:59 am

Bautista proving last year was no fluke

Got him last year for $1 in a keeper auction pool. Laughing

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 7:16 am

Bautista proving last year was no fluke

The Pirates tried to make him a third baseman and it didn't work, though when he was Bucco property, he was playing the outfield in the winter and raking.  He moves to right and the AL and voila.Too bad nobody in the Pittsburgh front had the brillant idea to put him at his natural position to see if that would take the pressure off.  The players knew his potential. Hence, his nickname, "Joey Bats."

Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:57 pm

Bautista proving last year was no fluke

You maybe right FaceNation, and only time will tell.   What he brings to the Jays right now is invaluable.  His leadership is second to none with this young Jays team.  He is a communication bridge for all of the Hispanic players on the Jays and at spring training (i.e. Yunel Escobar) and the quality at-bats he takes....   well i'd take him over some of the elite sluggers in baseball today.    It showed in lastnights game against the Rays.  He had to hit a single to get the cycle,  but took a couple of close call balls and took 2 BB late in the game, which helped in the comeback in the Jays win.

Yes he's on the wrong side of 30, and he dosen't have a track record to that of Albert Pujols, or Ryan Howard.  But he wants to be in Toronto (which he maybe the only player in baseball right now, lol)  and he has embraced the leadership role on this team, which left when The Doc was trade to your beloved Philllies.  Will he be this productive in his fourth & fifth year of his contract, maybe not.  But if he's the catylist to get this Jays team back to the playoff in a couple years then I'll take him hands down. 

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:23 pm

Bautista proving last year was no fluke

I agree completely. As much as I want to be a Bautista believer, I avoided him in fantasy this year because of those exact injury risks

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 6:16 pm

Bautista is all blown out.

Moe, it's only a matter of time for Bautista, I hope he enjoys it while it's good. Once the hip injuries and deflation process occurs, this guy will come back to earth. Look closely Moe, looks a lot like Barry. All blowouts. Paulie D would be proud.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 5:40 pm

Bautista proving last year was no fluke

This guy seems to be for real, Im glad hes on my fantasy team this year

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