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  1. Embiggen

    Comment by kbertling353 — September 23, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

  2. haha yes

    Comment by Andy — September 23, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  3. awesome

    Comment by phoenix — September 23, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

  4. it’s a perfectly cromulent word

    Comment by bellow — September 23, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  5. Embiggen? That’s unpossible!

    Comment by ChrisDTX — September 23, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

  6. he hasnt hit a single HR left of dead center?
    how is this even possible when you hit that many?
    i would be interested to see if hes pulling all pitch locations for home runs, or if pitchers just continue to make mistakes on the inner half of the plate against him

    Comment by cs3 — September 23, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

  7. Both are happening, cs3.

    Comment by George — September 23, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

  8. I don’t believe he’s hit an opposite field HR in his career

    That’s after 109 HR.

    Comment by mark — September 23, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

  9. Bautista has developed a good eye at the plate, is athletic and very strong, and has quick hands. He’s laying off junk away, taking borderline pitches, and *crushing* anything in his wheelhouse – mainly fastballs down the middle, up, in, and down and in. And the occasional hanging breaking ball. He’s had a dream season and hasn’t missed a whole lot of pitches. Next year I expect him to hit about 25-35 HR as pitchers pound the outer half and deploy a lot more secondary stuff against him.

    Comment by greenfrog — September 23, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  10. Here’s one to right-centre from the winter leagues 2 years ago:

    Comment by Eggshmeg — September 23, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

  11. A bunch of home runs hit to left field from a Toronto Blue Jay who previously never hit even half that many? Hmmmm..this sounds awfully familiar..

    Anyway, nice to see a guy like Jose get the press.

    Comment by Anthony — September 23, 2010 @ 11:02 pm


    Comment by Ramzavail — September 23, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

  13. I’ve watched most of Batista’s games this year and it’s very simple to see what he is doing at the plate. He is taking the approach that he is going to lay off outside pitches and swing for the fences on pitches down the middle or inside.

    You can see on pitches inside or down the middle that he hits for singles or doubles he is swinging for the fences. I have no problem with this since he has developed a great eye at the plate and most of his swings are for pitches in the strike zone.

    I wonder what his swing percentage is for pitches out of the strike zone.

    Comment by The Bunk — September 23, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

  14. “I wonder what his swing percentage is for pitches out of the strike zone.”

    Comment by Not David — September 23, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

  15. Bad Astronomy much? ;)

    Comment by Xave — September 24, 2010 @ 4:31 am

  16. There’s one HR at about 108 degrees and just inside 350 feet. What park is that? Is that a mistake? perhaps an inside-the-parker?

    Comment by Hizouse — September 24, 2010 @ 11:27 am

  17. Toronto.
    no mistake.
    inside the park hr to left center (twinkie outfielders knocked each down).
    as I remember it, short, yes, but a line drive that he absolutely crushed in his usual fashion, just didn’t have any elevation

    Comment by Tiger — September 24, 2010 @ 11:58 am

  18. Thanks!

    Comment by Hizouse — September 24, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  19. Actually, Bautista’s eye at the plate is not necessary good or better; he is actually swinging at more pitches out of the strike zone this year than ever before (and is actually being thrown more pitches outside the strike zone). He is also being thrown more off-speed pitches than ever, so the primary versus secondary stuff argument doesn’t work either.

    I know there is a huge elephant in this room that no one wants to discuss, but it must be discussed based on the numbers: performance enhancers. The metrics speak for themselves regarding the performance: he is being thrown more off-speed pitches outside the zone with which he is making increased contact; his BABIP is .239; his LD% is down to 14.9%; his flyball rate is up 12.5% from last year; his HR/FB rate is up 9% from last year.

    Certainly, Bautista has changed his approach…his swinging strikes are down, his strikeouts are down and his walks are up. But why has he changed his approach? Why the drastic change in flyballs? Why the drastic change in HR/FB, particularly when more contact is being made with slop out of the strike zone?

    Metrics do not prove that someone took performance enhancers. They do, however, open up the conversation, and to avoid the topic (or, in Tim Kurkjian’s opinion, giving the “benefit of the doubt”) is irresponsible. The last time we gave the benefit of the doubt, it was Brady Anderson…perhaps the bacon fat diet will make a re-emergence?

    Comment by Toz — September 24, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

  20. Compared Bautista’s 2010 to Delgado’s 2000. Check it out at my blog if interested. Interesting comp.

    Comment by tdotsports1 — September 24, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  21. If you actually watch Bautista’s plate appearances, you can get a good idea of his approach (you don’t need to go combing through pages and pages of stats, only to conclude that he must be on PEDs). He’s swinging aggressively and hard, but he also has an intelligent and disciplined approach. He isn’t chasing a lot of garbage out of the zone. He’s going after pitches he can hit – and hit hard. Some of them are borderline strikes, or even balls. He has a lightning-quick bat, which allows him both to turn around a good fastball, and to wait and pass on pitches that aren’t worth going after. Note also that unlike McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, and the rest of the amped-up players from the 90s, Bautista isn’t appreciably bigger than he was a year or two ago.

    Comment by greenfrog — September 25, 2010 @ 12:40 am

  22. I have always been making art from an early age but for nearly forty years did computer programming to earn a living. I bought a house and put my wife and three children through college. Now that diversion is over so I can finally paint full time.

    Comment by Cristine Politis — March 10, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

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