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The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

Posted on: May 15, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 5:30 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Jose Bautista entered Sunday leading the majors with 13 home runs, but apparently he wasn't content with simply leading the pack. So he went out and clubbed three more in an 11-3 rout of the Twins.

That's 16 homers on the season in just 113 at-bats. That's 16 homers in just 32 games. He's going yard once every 7.12 at-bats and once every 9.37 plate appearances.

The numbers, especially in these past two seasons where pitching has been king, are staggering. He is toying with the competition. Last season, Bautista hit 54 home runs, the next highest total was 42. This season, he's on pace to hit 65. I honestly don't even think it's outlandish to think he can make a run at 60, either.

You could argue he'll slow down, as it's only natural, but he's only been increasingly his home run frequency. You could argue he'll stop being pitched to, but he's not getting pitched to now, as he averages more than a walk per game and pitchers rarely work in the zone on him in any given at-bat. He's just waiting on one pitch and crushing it every chance he gets.

Bautista was great last year in a carry-over effort -- he hit 10 home runs in his last 26 games of 2009 -- but this year he's on a completely different level. Last year he only hit .260 with a .378 on-base percentage. This year he's over one hundred points higher in average and about 150 higher in OBP. He leads the majors in runs, walks, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS-plus (by quite a hefty margin, actually). He's putting up Barry Bonds numbers when everyone else has been dialed back to a league where 40-home run seasons are a huge deal again.

It's just a shame he missed a week of action earlier this month with an injury. The Jose Bautista Show is quite the spectator sport, after all.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:16 am
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:05 pm
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

It points to HGH because they don't test for it and many people build lean muscle with HGH! It doesn't automatically make you look like the Hulk. So many players on the Mitchell report did not look huge from PEDs so maybe you should do your research. The HGH using Chuck Knobloch wasn't exactly popping out of his shirt. was he? No MLB players deserve the benefit of the doubt because of the cover up and lies over the last 20 years. Obviously nobody really knows the truth except Jose but in my opinion he is on HGH. I don't believe that his stance adjustment is the cause. I also am not impressed by other players or coaches comments supporting the new Babe Ruth because these are the same people who stayed silent or lied during the last 20 years.   



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 10:09 am
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

HGH! Come on.  Is this what baseball is going to be now?  Everytime someone stands out they are a cheater?  Guilty until proven inoscent.

KEEP on blastin them Boptista! 



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 10:03 am
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

Jose, simply put, has figured out hitting. There is nothing else to say - he has completely figured it out. Baseball has evolved several times over the years. The last time hitters figured it out was 7-8 years ago, when everyone was belting over 30. And then pitching came back to prominence as the dominant facet of the game, but now Bautista has simply figuered it out. He gets it. That's all there is to say.

He keeps his hands close to his body, which allows him to literally dip his bat, or raise it, to meet a pitch. But he keeps his wrists strong, to maintain power. He starts twisting his body before he swings, but then once his body has rotated to face the pitch, he then catches up with his swing, but using an IMMENSE AMOUNT of late-swing power (which Aaron Hill used to do too - the last-second swing).

Now, several batters do this. Bautista, in this regard, is not above everyone else. Let's be honest Jays and Bautista fans...Ryan Braun has that gift, Alfonso Soriano...there are others. BUT the major difference in Bautista is that he sees pitches. He locks into fastballs over the plate. He knows right away...breaking ball in the dirt? Slider twisting out of the zone? Sinker in on the hands? Forget about it, he won't swing. And he is MORE THAN HAPPY to lead the league in walks, trust me. Getting walked is one of Bautista's favorite things, because it allows him onto the basepaths where he is, pretty much, one of the league's best at causing havoc out there. Already 3 times this season, his jittery base-running has either gotten us a run, advanced a runner, or kept an inning going.

However, let's not forget that major league baseball pitchers cannot always hit their spots each pitch. Otherwise there wouldn't be catchers. If they miss a pitch by an inch, that changes the entire pitch for the batter. If that 2-seam fastball twists inside for Jose, then he will belt it. He never swings out of the zone, he has an incredible check swing...

The last time a hitter hit over .400 was Ted Williams and that was 70 years ago. Yes, pitchers are better, but at some point in time, there was bound to be a hitter that could see pitches as well as we could in the 1940s. Bautista has simply figured it out ladies and gentlemen, that's all. He is a man playing baseball, still under 200 lbs (for all you HGH bastards - take one look at him and tell me he is on HGH - he reinvented his swing and for baseball players and fans, we know that can deeply affect one's stats).

Anyone saying Jose is taking anything illegal is jealous Jose isn't on their team. Getting to watch Jose play every day has become the best part of my day, and I can't believe the Blue birds ended up with him on our team. Dwayne Murphy, I hope you are getting the accolades you deserve my friend.

Go Jays Go




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:48 am
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

 How does the evidence point to HGH btw? And yes, HGH does make you bulk up in size, please do some research before making yourself look foolish. Bautista has been the same size since he was being mishandled in Pittsburgh. Like I said, please tell me why the Pirates don't churn out elite hitters if they almost always draft in the top 2 or 3 picks for the last 10-15 years. I find it hard to believe they miss on that many high draft picks. The reality is, they have horrible coaching and instruction and have no clue how to develop their players, especially in the hitting dept. Why do you think TB has done so well with elite young talent through the draft and Pittsburgh has failed so miserably? Use your head guys. There aren't too many 185lb guys mashing HRs like Bautista, yet you fail to recognize the role technique plays.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:41 am
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

 I agree driver... you make several really good points. People forget that he was rarely used in Pittsburgh, not to mention the Pirates don't have a reputation for developing players well, especially hitters. For all of the high draft picks they've racked up over the past 10-15 years, who have they managed to make into elite players? That should tell you something right there, because they have a ridiculous amount of elite young talent come up through their franchise. It's easy to look at Bautista and chalk it up to HGH, but he is not built like a typical HGH user, and if HGH is widespread in the league (which I believe it is) then why are we not seeing more out of nowhere HR mashers? The critics have no real argument when it comes to Bautista, like driver said, watch his transformation from his Pirates days to Toronto. The swing change and plate approach is drastically different.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:23 am
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

Please name another non steroid or HGH using player that ever went from hitting homers once every 25-35 at bats to hitting them once every 7.5 at bats. Am I suppossed to believe he tweaked his swing? A lot of guys tweak their swing but only Jose gets these results. Sorry but the evidence points to HGH which by the way doesn;t necessarily make you look like McGuire. Of course I would want him on my team but that doesn't make him clean.
No one ever has.  That is the thing.  Its sad how HGH/Steroids have ruined the trust in athletes.  But look at the facts, and listen to major league players like Jerry Hairston Jr. in this video.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13115027

Jose Bautista always had tremendous power if you read scouting reports from the early 2000's.  When Bautista came to Toronto Cito and Dwayne Murphy changed his timing mechanism allowing him to stay on the ball longer (allowing him to see the ball better), and keep his hands back so he can square up the ball, and kept his bat quieter at the plate. Bautista didn't just tweak his swing, he completely re-invented it.  You cannot understand how much staying closed longer and not opening up can help a hitter. 

I'm tired of people who don't understand anything about the mechanics of baseball comenting on stuff like this saying that tweaking swings don't help like that.  When you have the raw power that Bautista showed as a prospect coming out of JC.  Why do you think he stuck around so long. 



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:15 am
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

Please name another non steroid or HGH using player that ever went from hitting homers once every 25-35 at bats to hitting them once every 7.5 at bats. Am I suppossed to believe he tweaked his swing? A lot of guys tweak their swing but only Jose gets these results. Sorry but the evidence points to HGH which by the way doesn;t necessarily make you look like McGuire. Of course I would want him on my team but that doesn't make him clean.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:18 pm
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

Really now?  How is he only the best homerun hitter?

He's 2nd in baseball in BA, and leading in OBP IIRC, he's walked 35 times this year in 32 games, ONLY ONE Intentional walk.

He's having the highest wOBA, and wRC+ season in MLB history right now. 


Really, keep talking out your arse.



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:02 pm
 

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

he's the best hitter in baseball right now and has been for a while.


HAHAHAHAhAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

AHA, might be the best homerun hitter. but not even close to anything lol....



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