Jose Bautista hits 50th Home Run

Via ESPN:

Photo: Brad White/Getty Images

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 50th home run Thursday, a first-inning solo blast off Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez.

Bautista is the 26th player in baseball history to reach the 50-home run mark in a season, and the first since Prince Fielder (50) and Alex Rodriguez (54) did it in 2007.

After fouling back a 2-0 pitch, Bautista hammered the next one into the left field bullpen. All 50 of his homers have been to left or left center.

Bautista has hit 26 home runs since the All Star break, a new Blue Jays record.

The blast was Bautista’s major league-high 31st at home this season, breaking Carlos Delgado‘s Blue Jays record set in 2000.

For Video of the Home Run…CLICK HERE

…This guy is having a great year. However, I think it’s one of those flukes. I may be wrong but this guy hit 59 home runs in 7 years and now hits 50 in one year. That’s just absurd. Also notice that they were all pulled to left and left center and none to right or right center. I think it all has to do with luck for him. He guessed his spots and hit it out including 26 in the second half. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great achievement and I think the kid has been having a great year but I don’t think it will last. In the next few years people will find his weakness and exploit it. What I am curious to see is what kind of big year deal he gets after this season and what people are willing to go out and pay for him. I am excited to see how that plays off. Congrats to Jose Bautista as he gets his name up there with 27 other stars/some former steroid users. Hey, he could have been juicing! Who knows…

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One Comment on “Jose Bautista hits 50th Home Run”

  1. Chris Ross Says:

    Great post man. I think in this day and age there’s always going to be a lot of skepticism surrounding anyone that has not been a proven hitter and that is going to be justified. And even if Bautista isn`t on steroids how are we going to know if he can duplicate his performance in the seasons to come considering he hasn’t proven much throughout the first half of his career. 50 is a great milestone and it might be a while before we see a transformation from one season to the next as large as Bautista’s but I guess for now we’ll just try and soak it in. Also, you think you could check out my post from a few days ago on this topic cuz I really want to know what you think. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/what-to-do-with-jose-bautista/


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