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He hits HRs, but Bautista is also 'Jays' Jeter'

Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:36 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 9:17 am
 
NEW YORK -- You know that five-year, $65 million contract the Blue Jays gave Jose Bautista last winter?

I thought it was a mistake. Now I'm starting to think it was a bargain.

And not just because he has 19 home runs.

This guy is special.

"Face of the franchise," second baseman Aaron Hill said.

"Our Derek Jeter," another Blue Jays person said.

And the best part is, they weren't even talking about his amazing stats, the majors-leading home run total, the .353 batting average or 1.330 OPS.

In fact, when I asked first-year Blue Jays first-base coach Torey Lovullo what impresses him most about Bautista, he never mentioned anything he does at the plate.

"He's as complete a player as I've seen," Lovullo said. "He never fails to back up a base. He always hits the cutoff man. He goes first to third. He should win a gold glove in right field."

The Blue Jays played Bautista at third base almost all spring, but they never worried about moving him back to the outfield at the last minute because they felt so good about how good a feel he has for the position.

Hill said he loves the way Bautista works, how he "wants to be perfect in practice." He said that when Bautista speaks up in the clubhouse, everyone listens.

Another Blue Jays player talked glowingly about the way Bautista relates to both the Latin American players and to the American players. And about how he runs hard every time, just as he did on two pop-ups Monday night.

And Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez said Bautista "is putting his fingerprints on this team."

Yeah, that's the kind of guy you want to keep around. That's the kind of guy you should feel good about giving $65 million.

It may turn out to be a bargain.





Category: MLB
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He hits HRs, but Bautista is also 'Jays' Jeter'




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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 6:43 am
 

He hits HRs, but Bautista is also 'Jays' Jeter'

And there is this thing called park factors. Just because you claim PNC is hitter friendly and Rogers is cavernous doesn't make it true. You are good at this, whatever-spews-out-of-your-mouth-mu

st-be-true thing. PNC is on average an even park. Toronto has been equal or in favor of batters the past few years. The fact Toronto led the league in homers last year should have been a hint. Love how you rag on Bautista, but every other player that had a surge of homers for the Jays last year isn't roiding.

Skyhawk: "Johnny Mac doubled his home run total. Must be ROIDZ!!!!!"



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 6:41 am
 

He hits HRs, but Bautista is also 'Jays' Jeter'

"You believe he's clean, I believe he's dirty. We don't know which one of us is right, but that's the way it is."

Then quit acting like he has to be cheating if you don't know who is right. At least you speak some sense occasionally.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:52 pm
 

He hits HRs, but Bautista is also 'Jays' Jeter'

No, I don't know, I will give you that one. Maybe it doesn't affect everyone the same, maybe Bautista is one of a small number who has decided he doesn't care about the consequences or maybe he is clean. I can't say for sure. What I can say is that the evidence points to him juicing, in my opinion. We didn't see everyone and their brother hitting home runs in the steroid era, we saw a select few push their numbers into the stratosphere. Only 12 players in that era ever got above 50 home runs.

You believe he's clean, I believe he's dirty. We don't know which one of us is right, but that's the way it is. For the record, while I admit it's possible, I do not believe Granderson is cheating. His progression looks like it could easily have come naturally, as he's hit about 25 home runs a year on a consistent basis. That's why you hear no accusations about Granderson, not because he's a Yankee. Going from a consistent average of around 25 in Comerica to the new Yankee Stadium raises no eyebrows. Going from 13 in hitter-friendly PNC Park to 54 in the cavernous Rogers Centre will make a lot of people think something's up.


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