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The beauty of Bautista

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is a great story. Here's a guy who waited his turn, playing for a variety of organizations (Pirates, Orioles, Royals, and Rays), until he was given the opportunity to hone his skills and show his talent in Toronto. From 2004-2009, he came to the plate 2038 times and hit 59 homers. Over the last two seasons, he's hit 73 including 19 dingers this year.

He's a humble, hard-working player who, like many players in past eras, found his stroke as he was approaching age 30. And yes, Jose unashamedly admits he has been negatively tested numerous times for PEDs and is not annoyed with those questions that are most frequently asked.

Take a look at Bautista's contact rate when producing an out:

Jose Bautista's outs in 2011First, look at the areas above that are the hottest (bright red) that produced outs, now take look at this graphic below that shows his contact rate for his homers:

Jose Bautista's homers in 2011You can see here what makes Bautista such a dangerous hitter as just about the same hot spots that produced outs, also produced his 19 homers this year.

If you expand that to include all of Jose's hits, you can see that even when pitchers throw to spots that have gotten Bautista out one time, there is no certainty it will work again.

Jose Bautista's 2011 hits up to 5/25


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