Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nobody has heard of Jose Bautista, huh? Jose Bautista es El mejor pelotero que nadia conoce?

So, according to Time magazine Jose Bautista is the "best baseball player you have never heard of."  Well I am the Dominican Baseball Guy so I am offended that anyone would not know who Bautista is.  And the readers of the Dominican Baseball Guy are highly knowledgeable fans that also know exactly who Jose Bautista is.

He led the AL in home runs last year and one the Silver Slugger Award.  He made his second strait all-star team this season.  He is from Santo Domingo, but went to Juco in the states before being drafted by the Pirates in 2000.  He made his major league debut in 2005 and was an everyday player with the Pirates and the Blue Jays from 06-09, with a career high of 15 home runs in a season.  And then POW, 54 home runs last year and 42 thus far this year.

Now the Dominican Baseball Guy knew all that and more just off the top of his head.  But Time makes some good points as to why the average Joe fan does not know this great player, mainly that he plays in Canada and for a bad team, the Blue Jays.

As the Dominican Baseball Guy mentions, Jose is from Santo Domingo.  He has one of the best twitter handles out there, so go follow him on twitter: @JoeyBats19
Jose Bautista warms up with Blue Jays, by Keith Allison on Flickr

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