with most of the great home run hitters found out to be taken roids or ped's, i dont think its unfair to question why a guy who never hit more than 15 homers is able to hit 50+ this year. he may be completely clean, but with the steroid era still relatively recent, questions will emerge about how legit his season was in terms of using ped's.
Here, let's actually take a look at this logically, since that's somethign this topic has sorely lacked.
-From 2006-2009, when Bautista was actually a major league regular, he averaged 15 homers a year. However, he did it as a part time player. Over the 660 PA's he has this year, that extrapolates out to 20 homers a year.
-The Rogers Center has been crazy homer friendly this year. By ESPN's park factors, it's been 37.9% more homer-friendly than an average park this year, compared to PNC park, which was very unfriendly for homers while he was there, and also for some reason Rogers center was below average last year. So this year the park factor is +37.9, while the four years previous his parks were -13.5%. Hell, park factors alone probably took him to nearly a 30 homer hitter.
-He's been hitting WAY more fly balls this year, which is probably the effect of his mechanical changes. From 06-09 he hit about 45% of his balls in play in the air. This year it's been 55. That's enough to make him a 35-40 homer hitter.
So basically, if you put everything together, we're talking about a guy who, after getting out of Pittsburgh and making some mechanical changes, is probably closer to a true talent 35 homer guy than the 20 homer guy we thought. And it's not crazy for a guy like that to fluke his way into 50 homers. Both Cecil and Prince Fielder have done it. Bautista could very easily be doing it completely clean.
Maybe not roids. But he's without a doubt using something. It's like the late 90's all over again. People can't be that closed minded to not see this. Can they?
My God, how ignorant of a statement can one make?
How the hell exactly is it obvious that he is using something? Because he hit a bunch of homers?
I can't keep coming to this thread, it is hurting my head. Anyone that completely backs this sort of thing by saying 'oh he has to be on something, look at all the dingers' I honestly have to argue what sort of a baseball fan are you, and why do you even bother to watch?
Baseball, the game where anything can happen, and yet you criticize when something amazing does happen....what the hell is wrong with you people?
As I said in another thread, if you haven't, watched Ken Burns 10th inning on PBS....or the re-runs now, if that doesn't change your mind, I have about 150,000 articles you need to read....why be a fan of something and completely criticize when someone succeeds? Don't be ignorant, but it isn't your place to judge, if he has done something he isn't allowed to, it is on major league baseball and the players association to fix it, not yours to criticize and bash...if you aren't enjoying the game, quite watching and following it, for the rest of us, please.