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Jose Bautista takes Felix Hernandez deep for 50th homer

Sep 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

This afternoon Jose Bautista went deep for the 50th time this season–off Felix Hernandez, no less–to become the 26th player in baseball history with 50 homers.
Bautista is also just five walks away from becoming the 14th player to have a 50-homer, 100-walk season. And he’d certainly be the most unlikely member of the 50-100 club.
Joe Posnanski of SI.com put together a list of the 32 “flukiest home run seasons” in baseball history and as you might expect Bautista is very high up on the list. I won’t ruin the surprise, because as with most things Posnanski writes it’s a must-read.

  1. Trevor B - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I’m amazed Mauer isn’t on that list.

  2. geoknows - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    The only run Felix Hernandez gave up all game. It’s now the top of the ninth and, of course, it looks like he’s going to take the loss thanks to the lovely Mariners offense. Incredible.

  3. Proudly Canadian - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Congratulations to Bautista.
    I am not sure about that guy Hernandez. He can’t seem to beat a team that was every one’s pre season pick to finish last in the AL East. For some reason he puts his own hitters to sleep.

  4. minnesconsin_ad - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    I’d chalk that up to a relatively small sample size at this point in his career. I still think the book on Mauer is a work in progress.

  5. jayb00gie - Sep 23, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Where’s this guy in the conversation about PED? I mean, come on! You jump from 13 home runs last season (16 in 2006, which, until this year was the most he hit) to 50 this year? Where’s his pee test?!

  6. jayb00gie - Sep 23, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Where’s this guy in the conversation about PED? I mean, come on! You jump from 13 home runs last season (16 in 2006, which, until this year was the most he hit) to 50 this year? Where’s his pee test?!

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