About BFEF - Jose Bautista
José Antonio Bautista Santos is a Dominican professional baseball right fielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays. His professional career began when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 20th round of the 2000 first year player draft. In 2010, Bautista became the 26th member of the 50 home run club while leading the major leagues in home runs for the first of two consecutive seasons, and, from 2010–15, has hit more home runs than any player in the major leagues. An MLB All-Star selection six consecutive times, he has won three Silver Slugger Awards and two Hank Aaron Awards. In addition, he has received the American League Player of the Month Award five times and the Player of the Week four times. Before being traded to the Blue Jays, Bautista primarily played third base.
Although major league scouts initially noted Bautista while in junior college for his batting skills – including power hitting potential – and a strong throwing arm, his career took detours until realizing his potential in 2010. He made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2004, and, that year, became the first player ever to appear on five MLB rosters in one season. The last of those clubs were the Pirates, where he played at five different positions as a utility player until being traded to the Blue Jays in 2008. After making adjustments to his swing, Bautista broke through with ten home runs in September 2009. He has since been voted in the top ten in the AL Most Valuable Player Award four times and is a leader or among the top ten in numerous offensive single-season and career categories in Blue Jays’ franchise history.
Since 2010, Bautista has hit at least 20 home runs each year, and in four of those seasons, has hit at least 35 home runs, has both scored and driven in at least 100 runs, and has drawn at least 100 bases on balls, including twice leading the AL. In 2015, while playing in the playoffs for the first time, his bat flip in the American League Division Series caused a sensation that became a symbol of Toronto’s first playoff appearance in 22 years. In 2011, he set up a program that assists athletes from the Dominican Republic to attend universities in the United States.
Jose Bautista Facts
- Jose is one of several Chipola JC players in the majors. Among the others are Russell Martin and Mat Gamel.
- From 2003 to 2007, Jose played for Licey in the Dominican Winter League. In 2005–06, he slugged eight homers in 44 games for Los Tigres.
- Between 2004 & 2008, Jose wore 7 different numbers in the major leagues: 27, 59, 14, 50, 7, 19 & 23.
- Jose hit two grand slams in 2006—the first off Tim Worrell and the second off Elmer Dessens.
- Jose averaged an outfield assist once every seven games in 2009—the highest mark in the majors.
- Few sluggers have ever started as slowly as Jose. He did not hit his first big league homer until his third season and 80th game.
- Jose played for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
- Jose stands to become the fifth player in history to lead the league in homers without having hit 20 in any previous season. The others are Harmon Killebrew, Mike Schmidt, Mark McGwire and Cecil Fielder.
- In 2010, Jose homered in 11 consecutive series to set a new team record. The old record was held by Carlos Delgado.
- Jose made his first All-Star appearance in 2010. He entered the game as a pinch runner for Josh Hamilton in the fourth inning. He remained in the game and went 0-for-1, popping up against Brian Wilson.
- Jose switched his number from 23 to 19 before the 2010 season. Marco Scutaro had worn the number for the Jays in 2008 and 2009. Jose, his brother, and his mother were all born on the 19th.
Jose Bautista Bio
- Team: Toronto Blue Jays
- Age: 36
- Born: Oct 19, 1980, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Height: 6’0″
- Weight: 205
- Rookie Year: 2004
- MLB Experience: 12 Years
- Position: Outfield
- Player Number: 19