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Macedonian
09-23-2010, 12:48 PM
:win:
September 23, 2010

Jose Bautista:
50 HR ; 102 R ; 115 RBI ; 95 BB
(10 games left)

Ragun
09-23-2010, 12:49 PM
Ragun likes this.


YEAHHHHHHHHH!! CONGRATS JOSE! WOW!

B-Ray
09-23-2010, 12:54 PM
Just the 26th player to ever hit 50 home run's in one season in the MLB.
Congrats to Jose Bautista for a great season.

North Yorker
09-23-2010, 01:02 PM
Just the 27th player to ever hit 50 home run's in one season in the MLB.
Congrats to Jose Bautista for a great season.

Didn't even know a game was on now, just tuned in.

Congrats Jose!!! You made this season very exciting

tuck25
09-23-2010, 01:07 PM
Great season for Jose, now lets hope the Bautista Bombs keep coming next year. I think they will, congrats Jose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

miller74
09-23-2010, 01:12 PM
With Hamilton missing alot of time and Cabraras team as good as the Jays Bautista should be getting some MVP votes, great season

JermanJaysFan
09-23-2010, 02:12 PM
50 seems so much more nuts than 49

Macedonian
09-23-2010, 02:12 PM
Just the 27th player to ever hit 50 home run's in one season in the MLB.
Are you sure?
Baseball Reference says there are 22 players with 50 or more HRs in a single season!



Single-Season Records for Home Runs

Roger Maris 61
Babe Ruth 60
Jimmie Foxx 58
Hank Greenberg 58
Ryan Howard 58
Luis Gonzalez 57
Alex Rodriguez 57
Ken Griffey 56
Hack Wilson 56
Ralph Kiner 54
Mickey Mantle 54
David Ortiz 54
George Foster 52
Willie Mays 52
Jim Thome 52
Cecil Fielder 51
Andruw Jones 51
Johnny Mize 51
Jose Bautista 50
Brady Anderson 50
Albert Belle 50
Greg Vaughn 50

BlueJayFanDan
09-23-2010, 02:12 PM
That is awesome! Congrats Jose!

wamco
09-23-2010, 02:32 PM
Didn't even know a game was on now, just tuned in.

Congrats Jose!!! You made this season very exciting

-4th place is very exciting?

B-Ray
09-23-2010, 02:34 PM
Are you sure?
Baseball Reference says there are 22 players with 50 or more HRs in a single season!



Single-Season Records for Home Runs

Roger Maris 61
Babe Ruth 60
Jimmie Foxx 58
Hank Greenberg 58
Ryan Howard 58
Luis Gonzalez 57
Alex Rodriguez 57
Ken Griffey 56
Hack Wilson 56
Ralph Kiner 54
Mickey Mantle 54
David Ortiz 54
George Foster 52
Willie Mays 52
Jim Thome 52
Cecil Fielder 51
Andruw Jones 51
Johnny Mize 51
Jose Bautista 50
Brady Anderson 50
Albert Belle 50
Greg Vaughn 50

That list is missing Bonds, McGwire, Sosa and Prince Fielder.

j-mart
09-23-2010, 02:45 PM
History at the Rogers Centre today with Bautista's 50th and Ichiro's 200th hit....I'm glad I worked from home today.

Twitchy
09-23-2010, 02:46 PM
Congrats to Jose. That's a hell of an accomplishment. Really disappointed I missed it but he's had one of the best single seasons for a Blue Jay.

MetsLegacy
09-23-2010, 02:50 PM
I've been following this Jay's team the entire year and they may be the best fourth place team in the history of baseball. Just an overall great offense and very good pitching to go along with it. I'm positive if this team was in the NL East they would be at least 15 games over .500 while competing for the NL East crown. It's a shame that you're in the AL East, though.

But alas, congrats to Jose. The best surprise this season in terms of a players expected production thus far.

North Yorker
09-23-2010, 03:32 PM
-4th place is very exciting?

I found it fun to watch. For most seasons the best reason to watch was because of Doc, and with him gone a lot of fan interest went as well with him. Jose made a great story for a no name player to lead the league in HRs and made Blue Jays history.

Considering what most of us thought would be a boring, battling the O's for last place season, it was pretty entertaining and we did better than expected.

StayOnBoard
09-23-2010, 03:33 PM
-4th place is very exciting?

Hey look - I go on vacation and the first post I see from you is negative while the rest are congratulating Jose for his accomplishment... how.... shocking. :rolleyes: You must be a one armed pirate in real life ....

Congrats to Jose on an absolutely amazing season. Time to sign him to a 3 year deal and get rid of E5!

Still unreal how good he's been this year. Never would have thought he'd have this type of production (although - I did think he'd breakout this year, but more along the lines of 25-27 homers - 50? WOW)

dtmagnet
09-23-2010, 04:01 PM
I of course missed it, after witnessing it in a dream last night. Anyways congratulations to Jose!

R. Johnson#3
09-23-2010, 04:34 PM
Congrats to Jose. Hopefully he proves me wrong next year and keeps up the good work.

Jays Claw
09-23-2010, 04:37 PM
Congratulations to him as he's been a monster all year. Well deserved! :clap:

Eagles4Lyfe
09-23-2010, 04:57 PM
Yesss jose atta boy time to see the highlights and celebrations from it..

Macedonian
09-23-2010, 05:35 PM
Yesss jose atta boy time to see the highlights and celebrations from it..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWzs_aHZ29c

heusy_79
09-23-2010, 05:58 PM
Congrats Jose! Still in awe of what he has accomplished, let's hope he's able to mash out 30+ next year and keep the haters quiet.

Luca68
09-23-2010, 06:42 PM
congraattss jose its soooo nice to see a blue jay hit 50!!

heusy_79
09-23-2010, 07:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWzs_aHZ29c

Really makes me sad to see how few people were there, but they did a good job of making noise for Jose anyways.

1hardcore
09-23-2010, 07:45 PM
Mvp!!!!!

marcre
09-23-2010, 07:47 PM
Awesome season from Bautista. If Hill and Lind can do anything next year at the plate, we may be a team to watch out for.

H-MYK
09-23-2010, 07:58 PM
Props to Jose, I wish I was watching but instead I was at work. Was the game on Sportsnet One by any chance or just regular Sportsnet?

BigEasy1323
09-23-2010, 08:29 PM
Congrats goes out to Jose! What a great season!

Montana_Rob
09-23-2010, 08:53 PM
wow what a great season for jose! Congrats buddy and heres to another impressive season next year! -Cheers

wamco
09-23-2010, 09:00 PM
I've been following this Jay's team the entire year and they may be the best fourth place team in the history of baseball. Just an overall great offense and very good pitching to go along with it. I'm positive if this team was in the NL East they would be at least 15 games over .500 while competing for the NL East crown. It's a shame that you're in the AL East, though.

But alas, congrats to Jose. The best surprise this season in terms of a players expected production thus far.

-not a great offense by any stretch of the imagination. 12th in mlb in runs. We need 73 runs in next 10 games or whatever just to match last year's total

Asham
09-23-2010, 09:15 PM
"Roger's Corp. had a PROFIT of 4.4 BILLION last year. No more excuses or crying small market."

Why dont you send a letter to Rogers? Maybe theyll acutally give a crap

wamco
09-23-2010, 09:20 PM
well said

nithanyo
09-23-2010, 10:11 PM
-4th place is very exciting?

C'mon this team is alot more exciting than any of recent memory. With Doc at the top of the rotation there was an added pressure to win. Now we have a very young team with a bit of sprinklings of vets to better the team. There seems to be a bright future for this team.

4 of our starters carried no-nos into the 7th inning or later
we have a slugger who hit 50 hrs
Our two best hitters of last season are having off years yet we still lead the majors in HR's
Vernon Wells has seemed to bounced back to career norms
Our young rotation is quickly becoming one of the leagues most dangerous
Players like Snider, Drabek, Arencibia are comming up through the system
Did i mention we lead the majors in homeruns?

Lay off the pessimism and hate for Bautista and be happy for the guy.

heusy_79
09-23-2010, 11:21 PM
C'mon this team is alot more exciting than any of recent memory. With Doc at the top of the rotation there was an added pressure to win. Now we have a very young team with a bit of sprinklings of vets to better the team. There seems to be a bright future for this team.

4 of our starters carried no-nos into the 7th inning or later
we have a slugger who hit 50 hrs
Our two best hitters of last season are having off years yet we still lead the majors in HR's
Vernon Wells has seemed to bounced back to career norms
Our young rotation is quickly becoming one of the leagues most dangerous
Players like Snider, Drabek, Arencibia are comming up through the system
Did i mention we lead the majors in homeruns?

Lay off the pessimism and hate for Bautista and be happy for the guy.

Great post, pretty much says it all, except you left out some other pretty good prospects to get excited about too.

Shark
09-24-2010, 01:19 AM
congrats on an amazing season. im happy for him

wamco
09-24-2010, 10:10 AM
4th place. And not a meaningful game played in 10 years. I didn't say anything about bautista either so it will be hard to "lay off the pessimism and hate for the guy and be happy for him"

4 of our starters carried no-nos into the 7th inning or later
we have a slugger who hit 50 hrs
Our two best hitters of last season are having off years yet we still lead the majors in HR's
Vernon Wells has seemed to bounced back to career norms
Our young rotation is quickly becoming one of the leagues most dangerous
Players like Snider, Drabek, Arencibia are comming up through the system
Did i mention we lead the majors in homeruns?

And that equaled 4th place. You know who else can say similar things to ones mentioned above? The rays, yanks and sox. So no, 4th place isn't exciting to me. Nor is 12th in runs a "great" offense. It is a mediocre one that is carried by homeruns. 27th in avg and 27th in obp.

Nels@Ryerson
09-24-2010, 11:05 AM
i was listening to 102.1 the edge... and they were talking about before yesterday, there were only 12 teams that havent had a player to hit 50+ home runs. Today the number is 11 team... AWESOME!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_home_run_club#Franchise_by_age

FlakeyFool
09-24-2010, 11:08 AM
This was a much more exciting team then most people believed before the season started.

wamco
09-24-2010, 11:19 AM
Not exactly setting the bar too high. Vegas had Jays and Pirates tied for least amount of projected wins.

MaHaRaJaH
09-24-2010, 01:37 PM
And that equaled 4th place. You know who else can say similar things to ones mentioned above? The rays, yanks and sox. So no, 4th place isn't exciting to me. Nor is 12th in runs a "great" offense. It is a mediocre one that is carried by homeruns. 27th in avg and 27th in obp.

Well that's the problem isn't? All those homeruns with barely anybody on base.

ChildPlease04
09-24-2010, 05:07 PM
Jose Bautista was the only reason i watched this team all year. One more 50 homerun season than Hank Aaron!!!

bartron_44
09-24-2010, 07:15 PM
Jose is the man!! No one has hit 50+ since 2007!!

Wamco, man you are the most pessimistic person I have ever come across. We were predicted to be one of the worst teams in baseball, and we somehow managed to stay above .500 in the toughest division out there...Pretty much the entire team has surpassed expectations, yet you still aren't happy.

I think someones expectations are a little out of whack...

ramz.n
09-24-2010, 07:19 PM
morrow and bautista made my year...does anyone know what we gave up for them ? :p

Johann
09-24-2010, 08:31 PM
dont look now, but bautista hit his 51st tonight!!!

2009mvp
09-24-2010, 08:31 PM
There's 51. Plus a relatively quiet 30 from Wells. I still loath his game, but knocking 30+ homers certainly helps.

Johann
09-24-2010, 08:39 PM
AND THERE GOES NUMBER 52!!! hes rockin it tonight

2009mvp
09-24-2010, 08:43 PM
Holy ****

wamco
09-24-2010, 08:59 PM
Jose is the man!! No one has hit 50+ since 2007!!

Wamco, man you are the most pessimistic person I have ever come across. We were predicted to be one of the worst teams in baseball, and we somehow managed to stay above .500 in the toughest division out there...Pretty much the entire team has surpassed expectations, yet you still aren't happy.

I think someones expectations are a little out of whack...

You are right, some certainly are out of whack.

Sorry if showing the truth that this offense is not "great" as someone said is pessimistic. Go back to farting rainbows and enjoying 4th place.

FlakeyFool
09-24-2010, 09:22 PM
lets just throw money around like the good old jp years and be a 3rd place team like wamco wants.

BlueJayCarter
09-24-2010, 09:25 PM
There's 51. Plus a relatively quiet 30 from Wells. I still loath his game, but knocking 30+ homers certainly helps.

Yeah you have to admit that Wells has had a good year this season that should quiet his critics a bit. Alot of Blue Jays have had surprisingly good years.

Bautista with 52.

patrickny209
09-24-2010, 09:26 PM
Dude's on ****ing steroids

dtmagnet
09-24-2010, 09:27 PM
Dude's on ****ing steroids

Go away pls.

BlueJayCarter
09-24-2010, 09:32 PM
You are right, some certainly are out of whack.

Sorry if showing the truth that this offense is not "great" as someone said is pessimistic. Go back to farting rainbows and enjoying 4th place.

You are right. The offense for the Blue Jays isn't great, if you can't hit for average and you can't drive in runners without the long ball or worse hitting "solo" shots your offense will sputter and go through long stretches of nothing ... that your pitching will not be able to cover. It is entertaining though.

However ... A.A with his plan in place and up and coming youngsters has a better shot than 8 years of J.P that would have had us in a worse position than last year at this time if he had stayed on with his "five year plan : Act 2" at least with our new G.M. we have a chance at finishing over .500 in A.A's first year instead of being under .500 again.

The Blue Jays have played well this season. It is just unfortunate that Boston, New York and Tampa played better. But, the Red Soxs and Yankees are alot older then both the Rays and Blue Jays and I feel over the next few years it will be Tampa and Toronto challenging for top spot.

Will we get into the playoffs ... probably several times over the next ten years ... sometimes we will win the division ... other times Tampa or others.

But I can say the Blue Jays are alot closer than the Maple Leafs or the Raptors in getting into the playoffs ... now and in the forseeable future.

StayOnBoard
09-24-2010, 09:33 PM
He's sick... another 2 home runs - does he hit 55?

What a season - Im riding Jose to winning my fantasy league :clap:

BlueJayCarter
09-24-2010, 09:33 PM
Dude's on ****ing steroids

A-roid's is on steroids. Half the Yankees were and are on some performance enhancing drug ... especially during the steroid age.

Bautista has not failed mandatory "unknown date" drug tests. He clean until a test or a former teammate tells otherwise.

heusy_79
09-24-2010, 09:42 PM
He's sick... another 2 home runs - does he hit 55?

What a season - Im riding Jose to winning my fantasy league :clap:

With the way he's hitting them and 8 games still left, I think we should be debating whether or not he hits 60. :D

Macedonian
09-24-2010, 09:46 PM
Updated list!

Single-Season Records for Home Runs

Barry Bonds 73
Mark McGwire 70
Sammy Sosa 66
Roger Maris 61
Babe Ruth 60
Jimmie Foxx 58
Hank Greenberg 58
Ryan Howard 58
Luis Gonzalez 57
Alex Rodriguez 57
Ken Griffey 56
Hack Wilson 56
Ralph Kiner 54
Mickey Mantle 54
David Ortiz 54
Jose Bautista 52 (9 games left)
George Foster 52
Willie Mays 52
Jim Thome 52
Cecil Fielder 51
Andruw Jones 51
Johnny Mize 51
Brady Anderson 50
Albert Belle 50
Greg Vaughn 50
Prince Fielder 50
Jose Bautista ... 105 R ; 52 HR ; 118 RBI ; 98 BB ; .268 AVG

Gibby
09-24-2010, 09:52 PM
too bad the jays are not in contention or else he would be the mvp

heusy_79
09-24-2010, 09:55 PM
That's some very, very elite company to be in. It would be neat if he could finish on a tear with 59 or 60 and be up there with the true home-run king Roger Maris and the Great Bambino.

BlueJayCarter
09-24-2010, 09:57 PM
Always next year. ;)

Tony Fernandez
09-24-2010, 11:00 PM
What's Robinzan Diaz up to these days?

What a year for Jose. It's still hard to believe that his wikipedia site has in brackets beside him name the phrase "utility player."

He's got a chance to get to the top five home run seasons of all-time, if he goes off, and otherwise top ten is definitely attainable. Amazing!

When he's hitting HR's off of guys like Felix Herndanez, you have to feel like this guy's legit.

Tony Fernandez
09-24-2010, 11:09 PM
Thanks Macedonian for the update. Keep them coming as Bautista keeps going!

nithanyo
09-25-2010, 12:12 AM
What's Robinzan Diaz up to these days?

What a year for Jose. It's still hard to believe that his wikipedia site has in brackets beside him name the phrase "utility player."

He's got a chance to get to the top five home run seasons of all-time, if he goes off, and otherwise top ten is definitely attainable. Amazing!

When he's hitting HR's off of guys like Felix Herndanez, you have to feel like this guy's legit.

Add to the fact that we only got 2 hits agaist Felix as team, and we win the game 1-0... it makes the win that home run that much more special. A special homerun

ah nuts
09-25-2010, 12:29 AM
52 - amazing.

Plus .310 average post all star break. :clap:

Tony Fernandez
09-25-2010, 01:30 AM
Add to the fact that we only got 2 hits agaist Felix as team, and we win the game 1-0... it makes the win that home run that much more special. A special homerun

Touche. He might just be the most dangerous hitter in all of baseball right now. It's funny that so many of us wanted him released last year. The guy looks like he's figured it out and isn't going to forget how to do it.

He'll surely never repeat these numbers, but he's likely going to be a high OBP player with 30+ homerun power from here on in. Watching him now, and his approach to the game, it's hard to think he'll regress too far.

Mile High Champ
09-25-2010, 01:38 AM
What an incredible story and journey this year for Jose

VRP723
09-25-2010, 02:24 AM
My fantasy team is overachieving to a large extent thanks to Jose. He's my new Brandon Phillips (Won me my league in 2007)

BBB
09-25-2010, 05:10 AM
How much inside-the-park home runs does Bautista have? 2?

Macedonian
09-25-2010, 08:17 AM
How much inside-the-park home runs does Bautista have? 2?
Just one I think... against the Twins on July 7...

More stats...

Jose Bautista
52 HR ......... 1st in MLB
105 R ......... 6th in MLB
118 RBI ...... 2nd in MLB
98 BB ......... 3rd in MLB
.635 SLG ..... 1st in MLB
1.021 OPS ... 3rd in MLB

MVP?

BlueJayCarter
09-25-2010, 09:06 AM
Just one I think... against the Twins on July 7...

More stats...

Jose Bautista
52 HR ......... 1st in MLB
105 R ......... 6th in MLB
118 RBI ...... 2nd in MLB
98 BB ......... 3rd in MLB
.635 SLG ..... 1st in MLB
1.021 OPS ... 3rd in MLB

MVP?

He deserves it with those numbers. Those numbers are insane. But like I said before I think Miguel Cabrera or Josh Hamilton will win it. Jose might come second. It would be awesome if he won it ...

Asham
09-25-2010, 09:28 AM
I highly doubt he'll come in 2nd but who knows

nstojic
09-25-2010, 10:27 AM
He deserves it with those numbers. Those numbers are insane. But like I said before I think Miguel Cabrera or Josh Hamilton will win it. Jose might come second. It would be awesome if he won it ...

i'm in the camp that believes that it should go to the best season by a player... despite the team success or lack thereof... unless it's literally a guy doing it all by himself and his team is a top team because of it but that's where baseball should be voted on differently...it's such an individual sport.. you play for a team but when you're pitching or batting it's YOU vs. THE OTHER GUY... as a batter, the bulk of your statistical output is based on your success/failure against a single guy... sure, RBI's are a bit different because your teammates have to be on base but you still have to perform against a single guy to cash those guys in...


i also think the 'sexiness' of a name plays a role when the numbers and team performance are close... yeah, typically the player on the better team will win it if the numbers are close but from a Jay perspective why the **** was Aroid given the MVP, over Delgado in 2003???????? figure that one out... carlos had a better year and played on an 86 W jay team while Aroid had the statistically inferior year and played on a 71 W ranger team...?!?!??! why did everyone go against the norm that year?!?!? these people that vote are morons... think about it, Jeff Blair gets a vote....Jeff ********** Blair!!!!!

Johann
09-25-2010, 11:50 AM
if he passes arod on the HR single season record list, i will be very happy

nithanyo
09-25-2010, 12:06 PM
if he passes arod on the HR single season record list, i will be very happy

Tough but not impossible. He seems to be doing it at will. If he can hit 58 i would cry if he doesnt get mvp

B2theRY
09-25-2010, 12:26 PM
guess i was wrong about the guy.
congrats to him on #52.

my question is if A-Rod can win MVP with texas who was a last place team in baseball
bautista better get some serious consideration.

i also hope they dont overpay him though.

Gibby
09-25-2010, 12:46 PM
i'm in the camp that believes that it should go to the best season by a player... despite the team success or lack thereof... unless it's literally a guy doing it all by himself and his team is a top team because of it but that's where baseball should be voted on differently...it's such an individual sport.. you play for a team but when you're pitching or batting it's YOU vs. THE OTHER GUY... as a batter, the bulk of your statistical output is based on your success/failure against a single guy... sure, RBI's are a bit different because your teammates have to be on base but you still have to perform against a single guy to cash those guys in...


i also think the 'sexiness' of a name plays a role when the numbers and team performance are close... yeah, typically the player on the better team will win it if the numbers are close but from a Jay perspective why the **** was Aroid given the MVP, over Delgado in 2003???????? figure that one out... carlos had a better year and played on an 86 W jay team while Aroid had the statistically inferior year and played on a 71 W ranger team...?!?!??! why did everyone go against the norm that year?!?!? these people that vote are morons... think about it, Jeff Blair gets a vote....Jeff ********** Blair!!!!!

i agree with you but alot of the media are idiots

masTOR_shake1
09-25-2010, 06:02 PM
whata beast

Eagles4Lyfe
09-25-2010, 06:04 PM
wow he gets the milestone mark, then just relaxes and starts swinging again..This guy is incredible

idrinkpepsi
09-25-2010, 07:15 PM
guess i was wrong about the guy.
congrats to him on #52.

my question is if A-Rod can win MVP with texas who was a last place team in baseball
bautista better get some serious consideration.

i also hope they dont overpay him though.

If the average was higher he would be right up there.

H-MYK
09-25-2010, 07:59 PM
Way to go on 52 Jose. :clap:

ChongInc.
09-27-2010, 12:03 AM
Officially the best pull-hitter in the game.

Eagles4Lyfe
09-27-2010, 12:03 PM
I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvveed the post game bashing he gave the orioles, i loved it what him and marcum said..This guy ripped them a new one

MaHaRaJaH
09-27-2010, 02:44 PM
I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvveed the post game bashing he gave the orioles, i loved it what him and marcum said..This guy ripped them a new one

where can i see this

Bob Loblaw
09-27-2010, 03:06 PM
Ya i want to see that too

Eagles4Lyfe
09-27-2010, 06:54 PM
oh i saw it on the highlights last night on tsn, hes like its ok we beat them up all year and i bashed all their pitching all year long and something else i cant remember but he got em bad..Marcum said their going to have to face us next year but were not classless like them or something to go out wanting to hurt players but ofc they will..
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AoG2cL_CUGQnQczHd52n.6JShgM6?slug=txorio lesbluejayssuspe check that out

treeleaf
09-28-2010, 06:46 PM
The people who think he wont reapeat these #s should go stand in a corner with the people who thought he wouldnt reach 50....get a little faith going guy

wamco
09-28-2010, 09:47 PM
The over/under will be set around 30 I would think.

Tony Fernandez
09-30-2010, 11:32 PM
Number's 53 and 54 today. He's two back of Cabrera, who's been shutdown for the year, for the RBI lead, and one walk shy of 100 for the year.

The cherry on top of it all is that he hit his first opposite field homerun of the year for good measure.

Johann
09-30-2010, 11:42 PM
^^not to mention he also hit a grand slam :D

Tony Fernandez
10-01-2010, 12:32 AM
^^not to mention he also hit a grand slam :D

And a moonshot is was at that. I hadn't realized that he also broke the record tonight for the largest single-season statisical increase in home-runs from one season to the next at 39.

Twitchy
10-01-2010, 07:30 AM
I think the real question is can he get to 60 in the next 3 days.

T.O. Fan
10-01-2010, 12:41 PM
His season scares the hell out of me.

I hope the Jays do the responsible thing and either take him to arbitration.

BlueJayFanDan
10-01-2010, 01:38 PM
I think the real question is can he get to 60 in the next 3 days.

I wish. 2 per game in 4 straight days seems difficult. I think he finishes with 55 or 56 but 60 would be amazing.

Halladay
10-01-2010, 02:26 PM
I heard on the radio this morning that it was his first opposite field home run lol. Anyone know if it's true? That's gotta be the longest streak without one going opposite.

StayOnBoard
10-01-2010, 03:57 PM
I heard on the radio this morning that it was his first opposite field home run lol. Anyone know if it's true? That's gotta be the longest streak without one going opposite.

Ya its true - I couldn't believe he actually hit one the opposite way. First one he's hit that way all season and then some.

It was actually kind of funny... when I saw the highlights I automatically thought it was a bloop single. Next thing I see it clears the wall! :D I had to look again to see who was at bat - our man Bautista has a TON of power to be able to get that ball to clear the fence. He barely made contact...

He isn't going to hit 60 but it doesn't matter. Amazing season for Bautista. They should lock him up on a 3 year deal and call it a night. As for next year - over 30 should be a lock, but 50 would be almost impossible IMO (then again - I would have said that THIS year too). I think 30-35 would be pretty great from our 3rd baseman/OF with great Defense.

LOL@ all the people who wanted him gone :rolleyes:

Macedonian
10-02-2010, 05:57 AM
In the last 2 games, I just want one more run, one more RBI, one more HR, one more walk and one more steal!

It would be amazing line:
110 R ; 55 HR ; 125 RBI ; 100 BB ; 10 SB

StealingSigns
10-02-2010, 06:13 PM
Officially the best pull-hitter in the game.

Good to see he made a believer out of you!

I remember this particular post...


Career year. He's a two trick pony. He has a strong arm and he hits for power. He WILL not keep up this production durring the second half of the year... Never mind next year.
Quote it. Sig it.

:p

I had similar thoughts at the trade deadline, something about his first half of the season screamed sell high. I am now glad they held onto him.

2009mvp
10-02-2010, 06:33 PM
Ya its true - I couldn't believe he actually hit one the opposite way. First one he's hit that way all season and then some.

It was actually kind of funny... when I saw the highlights I automatically thought it was a bloop single. Next thing I see it clears the wall! :D I had to look again to see who was at bat - our man Bautista has a TON of power to be able to get that ball to clear the fence. He barely made contact...

He isn't going to hit 60 but it doesn't matter. Amazing season for Bautista. They should lock him up on a 3 year deal and call it a night. As for next year - over 30 should be a lock, but 50 would be almost impossible IMO (then again - I would have said that THIS year too). I think 30-35 would be pretty great from our 3rd baseman/OF with great Defense.

LOL@ all the people who wanted him gone :rolleyes:

But he doesn't give you great defense, never has. He's a very poor 3B and a below average RF with a good arm. As amazing as his season has been offensively that doesn't change the kind of defender he is. His flexibility is certainly an asset, but doing a lot of things and doing a lot of things well are much different things.

the_jon
10-03-2010, 02:34 PM
But he doesn't give you great defense, never has. He's a very poor 3B and a below average RF with a good arm. As amazing as his season has been offensively that doesn't change the kind of defender he is. His flexibility is certainly an asset, but doing a lot of things and doing a lot of things well are much different things.
I think he's pretty solid at those positions. Neither require tremendous range or speed. Hardly any RFers are speed demons. At least he has a strong arm. He's no gold glover but he's not anywhere near as bad as say Manny.

nstojic
10-13-2010, 08:56 AM
Bautista heads into his final winter of arbitration eligibility with the leverage only a breakout season can generate, but his sudden transformation from utility man to elite power hitter comes with both a payoff and a price.

His 54 home runs and 351 total bases led the majors while his 124 RBIs ranked him third in the American League, numbers that should add up to a huge boost to Bautista’s $2.4 million (all figures U.S.) salary, whether or not his case reaches an arbitrator.

But his 2010 success also means more people are more invested in whatever Bautista does. The issue surfaces in everything from salary negotiations to steroid speculation, and it’s complicating his decision on winter baseball.

“What I did last (off-season) allowed me to be successful,” says Bautista, who turns 30 next week. “But I don’t know if I’ll be able to play winter ball given that we’ll be in the middle of negotiations. I don’t want to risk anything individually or for the team.”

Technically, Bautista can play with Licey if he chooses. As a native Dominican he’s free to play for his hometown team according to both the Winter League Agreement — a rulebook ratified last winter between MLB and four Caribbean leagues — and the Jays.

“We’ll address all the players the same way,” Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos wrote in an email to the Star. “It’s up to the players if they choose to participate in winter ball.”

But the Winter League Agreement’s “extreme fatigue clause” allows teams to curtail winter league action for players with more than 503 plate appearances. This season Bautista totalled 683 plate appearances and 569 at-bats.

Whether or not the Jays ask him to sit out the Dominican season, Bautista’s top baseball priority is still the team that pays him the most.

In 2009 Bautista totalled 13 homers as an arbitration-eligible part-time player, and the Jays bumped his salary by 33 per cent — from $1.8 million to $2.4 million. This season, Bautista became the first big-leaguer since 2007 to surpass 50 homers, so his salary is set to increase exponentially.

The Jays won’t talk publicly about negotiations, but they haven’t allowed a player to go to arbitration since 1997, when they couldn’t reach an agreement with relief pitcher Bill Risley.

Since 2006, four other players have hit more than 50 homers in a season, but none earns fewer than eight figures. At the bottom of the scale, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder earned $10.5 million in 2010, a figure born of the contract extension that kept him out of arbitration two years ago. At the top is Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who earned $32 million this season.

Bautista’s case is different. His 2010 stats weren’t the culmination of a steady improvement but a massive leap forward in several offensive categories. The Jays still aren’t sure whether Bautista is a consistent threat to the 50-home run barrier or simply a much improved batter who will continue to put up impressive but not elite numbers. Those factors will affect the size of the salary the Jays offer him later this winter.

After the season’s final game, Anthopoulos made it clear he wasn’t rushing into a decision on Bautista.

“There’s no sense of urgency,” he said. “When you set the bar that high, I think it’s fair to say you could still be a good, productive player and not perform at the level he did this year and still be a player that helps the team win.”

Bautista, too, says he’s not worried about finalizing his 2011 salary. Yet.

After the Jays’ final game in Minnesota, Bautista flew to Miami to spend time with his brother, Luis, a student at Florida International University. Later he planned to return to Santo Domingo, where his off-season training would unfold in stages.

In December he’ll start throwing and hitting and will begin serious strength training in January, around the same time salary negotiations could become a source of stress.

“I won’t be too worried about it until the last moment,” Bautista says. “That’s really when you’ve got to make a decision. The differences of $50,000 or $100,000 may not seem huge but it’s actually really stressful when you’re about to commit.”

A year ago, a player of Bautista’s credentials and pay grade talking so casually about six-figure sums would have seemed preposterous. An extra $100,000 should seem like a huge bonus to a player who had never hit more than 16 home runs.

But a season in which he outslugged stars like St. Louis’s Albert Pujols and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has altered Bautista’s perspective on what big money truly is. And it has also shifted other people’s perception of him.

His all-star season vaulted him from well-known to famous in the Dominican, and with every home run he helped boost the Jays’ popularity on an island where heavy recruiting once made them a local favourite.

“In the past, when we had Tony Fernandez and myself, the talk in the town in the Dominican was the Blue Jays,” says George Bell, the former Blue Jays star and a Dominican Republic native. “Right now Toronto is real hot in the Dominican . . . basically because of Jose.”

Elsewhere, however, Bautista’s success makes him suspect.

It’s not his physical stature, which hasn’t changed much over the past two seasons. At 6 feet and 195 pounds, Bautista is sturdy but not spectacularly jacked. In just about every big-league clubhouse there are players with bigger muscles and smaller numbers than his.

But when you hit 54 home runs, people sometimes proffer theories about how it happened and as Bautista’s home run totals mounted, so did questions from the media on both sides of the border about whether he uses steroids.

Bautista calmly parried those questions over the last six weeks of the season, saying he doesn’t use drugs, and shrugged when the issue was raised again during the Jays’ final homestand.

For him, steroid scrutiny is like every other form of attention that has emerged since he started bashing homers at a league-leading pace. They’re the price of his new success.

And he pays the cost gratefully.

“I’ll deal with it as long as I keep doing good. It’s not a burden,” he says. “More interviews, more autograph signings. It comes with the territory and I know it does. I’d rather do good and have to deal with all this than do bad and not have to deal with it.”http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/mlb/bluejays/article/874289--bautista-s-certain-big-payday-also-brings-big-pressures