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Jose Bautista denies performance-enhancing claims

Aug 24, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

Jose Bautista, as we mentioned earlier, launched his 39th and 40th home runs of the season on Monday night in the Blue Jays' 3-2 defeat of the Yankees. Because his previous career-high home run total was 16 and because we as baseball fans...

Jose Bautista, as we mentioned earlier, launched his 39th and 40th home runs of the season on Monday night in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 defeat of the Yankees. 

Because his previous career-high home run total was 16 and because we as baseball fans have been burned in the past by many a slugger, the 29-year-old Bautista is having to answer questions about his training methods.  This from the Toronto Globe and Mail:

“Nobody’s said anything to me, and I don’t see why they should. Baseball
has a strict policy against those performance-enhancing whatever you
want to call them. 

It’s not a secret and I didn’t reinvent the wheel,” Bautista continued. “I
keep saying it because it’s the truth. It’s as simple as getting [my
swing] started earlier, and I’ve got Cito and [hitting coach] Dwayne
Murphy to thank for that.”

Is it wrong that he’s forced to deal with such inquires because of the mistakes of the home run hitters that came before him?  Sure.  But we’re not that far removed from the steroid era, and we might not even be removed at all.  Heck, Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino was busted for performance-enhancers just last week.

Let’s keep in mid, however, that baseball statistics have a tendency to spike and that every player goes through peaks and valleys.  Bautista is batting .258 with a .970 OPS, 40 home runs and 95 RBI through 438 at-bats.  He’s having a career year, and that is probably all that’s going on.

  1. pcrm - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    If steroids could put an guy who had never hit more than 16 HR on track to hit 50, then Barry Bonds would have 200 a year on them.
    Can’t w just appreciate a former journeyman with some pop turning into a star without this stupid stuff?

  2. The Real Shuxion - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Does his low .avg and the fact he is on Toronto prevent him from getting at least a couple 1st place votes in the MVP race? I know he will get some 2nd and third but will he get any 1st?

  3. JoshN - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    I really don’t think he deserves a first place vote, not with the way Cabrera and Hamilton are hitting.

  4. birdmancometh - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Craig would be so dissapointed in you Drew for not mentioning that PED’s don’t help people hit home runs.

  5. Jonny5 - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    The media loves pissing down peoples backs just to tell them they’re sweating. It really is a shame. Well there are a few people he can blame at least…. they’re on a certain “report”.

  6. JCD - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Right, cause only the media has been speculating about it. Read a few messageboards, real life every day people are questioning it just as much.

  7. RaiderAnt - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Naive. You are all Naive to say that he shouldn’t even be questioned. You also lying if you say that Bautista’s numbers haven’t led you to think that some PED’s may be involved.

  8. jde - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Even Cano

  9. jde - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Yeah, cause Craig just made that up.

  10. Proudly Canadian - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Drew, you are a simpleton!

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