Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Powers That Be: Jose Bautista
40 homeruns is by no means any modern day achievement in the game of baseball. Though this season it is. The Season of the Pitcher Part Deux has witnessed longballs across the great country of America, and that itty-bitty neck of the woods up in Canada decrease drastically from seasons past. Yet, an unsuspecting masher has been the only player to reach the 40 milestone and he is the Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista. The right-handed batting 3B/OF has never hit more than 16 bombs in a season before this year. In fact, he's a lifetime .242 hitter with only 99 homeruns in 7 seasons, and that includes his 40 dingers this year. Any way you look at it, he's playing himself into a lucrative contract. He has a year of arbitration remaining, so a hefty raise is coming from his bargain basement $2.4M salary of 2010. At 29 years old he may just be a late bloomer and the Blue Birds might want to look into extending him on a 3 year $27M deal. .258/.970, 83 r, 40 hr, 95 rbi with roughly 40 games to go is pretty damn impressive.