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You think the Braun situation is bad? Jose Bautista has been drug tested 16 times this year

January 27, 2012

“He doesn’t tell me, but he doesn’t have anything to hide,” he said in a telephone interview. “That (16 times) may seem like a higher number than norm, but it is what it is. I don’t think there’s a set number as to how many times you can be tested. Jose has never complained one time about how many times he’s been tested or anyone in our (Performance Agency). Like I said, he’s got nothing to hide.”

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This just tells you how much the MLB wants to clamp down on the steroids. Ryan Braun can be innocent and then Braun will make the MLB look very guilty. But Bautista is good because he has perfect timing and can pull the fastball out of the yard. He is a great ahead of the count hitter and he will continue doing that for the rest of his career. He worked with other professionals to get better at hitting. HE HASN’T TAKEN STEROIDS FOLKS. HE CAN HIT A BASEBALL. GET OVER IT…

Jose Bautista is not on steriods, he has excellent timing.

May 19, 2011

This is an article from ESPN Baseball Tonight’s announcer Steve Berthiaume about how fans and baseball viewers should admire what Bautista has done rather than bring up more steriod talk. Follow him on twitter @SBerthiaumeESPN

Via ESPN Sweetspot Blog:

We ignore Jose Bautista. At best, we politely pay half-attention, not ready or willing to acknowledge the numbers he’s putting up and maybe hoping he stops. The Blue Jays’ right fielder leads the major leagues in batting average, home runs, runs scored, total bases, on-base and slugging percentage and OPS. Bautista is the tree in the forest. Yes, we hear, but why do we pretend not to? He’s a quiet, understated man who plays for a Canadian team that is virtually ignored in the U.S., even among baseball fans. Where is he from? Why is he never on TV? Does he speak English? How did he get so good?

Is he taking steroids?

It’s that last question that’s our greatest fear and, let’s be honest, a main reason Bautista’s spectacular performance has yet to be given its due. We’re afraid he’s using PEDs, and that’s an issue we’re all tired of dealing with. Our energy and attention spans regarding the steroid era are exhausted; we’re Barry Bondsed out. Bonds, however, might wind up being the name that surfaces here. Look at the similarities between Bonds’ numbers through the Giants’ first 40 games of 2001, when Bonds hit 73 home runs at the age of 36, and Bautista’s numbers at age 30, through the Blue Jays’ first 40 games of 2011.

Bautista is hitting home runs at a historic pace and he’s doing it in what we like to refer to as the post-steroids era. So we watch and hold our collective breath, hoping we’re not being lured into enthusiasm for a home run chase that degenerates into something like the joyless march to the inevitable through which we all slogged in 2007, when Bonds finished his career with 762 home runs.

J.P. Ricciardi, now a special assistant to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, was the Blue Jays’ GM who brought Bautista to Toronto. “The commissioner has done a great job of cleaning up the game,” he told me. “There is definitely testing going on. You don’t think this guy’s getting tested? Obviously he’s passed every test. Everybody’s skeptical about certain things. This guy has had to have gone through the whole process and nothing has come up on this guy. He’s being tested like everyone else. I never thought he was a steroid guy and I don’t believe he is.”

Since May 15, 2010, Bautista has hit 63 home runs — 22 more than Albert Pujols‘ next-best total of 41. Remarkable considering that in his first 1800 career at-bats, Bautista hit just 60 home runs. Born in the Dominican Republic, Bautista attended junior college in the U.S. and speaks fluent English with no trace of a language barrier. Selected by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft, he became a Rule 5 pick by the Orioles, but was later waived. “He never really got to play,” Ricciardi said. “Those guys get passed along.” During a two-month span of 2004, Bautista passed through the Orioles, Devil Rays, Royals, Mets and back to the Pirates. With Pittsburgh from 2006 through 2008, he never hit more than 16 home runs in a season. In August of 2008, he was sent to Toronto for a player to be named. “Any team could have had him,” Ricciardi said. “He was on waivers. We thought he might be a super-utility guy and now he’s recreated himself.”

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Bautista’s evolution has produced a .708 slugging percentage over the last calendar year, more than 100 points higher than reigning NL MVP Joey Votto, and a 1.129 OPS that is the best in the majors. I asked Ricciardi what suddenly changed. “He’s the Karate Kid — you watch him, he’s wax on wax off,” he said. “He would take batting practice and absolutely put on a show, hit 10 into the second deck, high and far and deep — and then in the game, he’d get very rotational. His timing on his front foot wouldn’t be right. He’d either be late and try and rush everything and make up for it with his body instead of making his hands work. When he was early, his front side would come with him and he would never get to his power because he’d always be drifting toward the pitcher. Now he’s timing on his front foot and hitting down through the ball and not being rotational.”

A generic team now dressed in odd, denim-colored uniforms and black hats, the Blue Jays seem eons removed from Joe Carter’s jubilant trip around the World Series bases. Given Toronto’s lot in the AL East, competing against more lucrative franchises like the Yankees and Red Sox, some fans might believe the Blue Jays will never see the postseason again in their lifetimes. Without consistent national television exposure, it’s easier to rationalize overlooking Bautista’s place in the game. “If he was playing in New York or Boston, forget it,” Ricciardi said. “They’d be erecting statues of him. I love the kid. I honestly love the kid. He’s a great person and all the things that are happening to him couldn’t happen to a better guy.”

Fifty-four home runs last season was enough to say “Wow,” but not enough to force historic comparisons or stare the PED issue square in the face again. The consensus reaction to Bonds’ perjury trial this year might best be described as our long national indifference. I hope we don’t remain indifferent to Bautista, or to the Blue Jays for that matter. Bautista is the best hitter in baseball and, eventually, we have to relax and trust what we’re seeing again.

I have watched Jose Bautista play for a few years and I have to say that he is NOT ON STEROIDS!! He has changed his swing, his timing, and his  guessing behind the plate is phenomenal. I read a stat last year that said 75% of his home runs were out of the park on fastballs and when he was ahead of the count. When you are ahead 2-0 as a hitter, what do you expect? Fastball and nothing else baseball fans. BELOW I posted a video of all his 52 home runs. When you look at the swings, do they look different? Are there any home runs where you say, there is no way he could hit that out with a swing like that? To me, I say no because do you see how hard he swings and do you see his perfect timing? When Barry Bonds hit home runs, you could tell he didn’t swing hard and it went 500 feet but when Bautista hits it, he REALLY hits it and it goes a long way. I honestly agree with Steve Berthiaume on this argument. People should admire what this guy has done for baseball and shouldn’t run him out of the woods. We have a natural home run hitter in the game of baseball again and that hasn’t happened since the early 2000’s. Soak it up baseball fans and get used to it…

AL East Preview

April 1, 2011

Donnie Dwyer of the Sports Cycle breaks down the toughest division in baseball, the American League East.

Jose Bautista hits 50th Home Run

September 23, 2010

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…