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Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 3:29 pm
By Matt Snyder

We all know the story by now. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista went from being an also-ran -- if that -- to the best hitter in baseball with a virtual snap of the fingers. Since he did so just south of his 30th birthday and less than a decade since baseball was forever stained by the steroid era, there are some people who just can't grasp the fact that a player can sometimes just get better without using PEDs.

There are other explanations:

- He changed his swing.

- He was finally given full-time playing time and left alone.

- Once he got hot in 2010, his confidence grew. Hitting is just as much mental as it is physical after all.

- He was just a late bloomer. Sometimes it takes players a while to come into their own.

- Davey Johnson hit 43 home runs in 1973 and otherwise never more than 18 in a season. Was he on 'roids? There are more examples like that in baseball history, too.

But none of those matter to the many fans who just can't shake the cynicism. He has to be doing steroids, you'll hear: "He can't just get good like that. It's not possible." Just like it's not possible to get rich without cheating or recruit well in college hoops without paying players. Or you can't win an election without being dirty. And on and on the list goes. Obviously there are places where that stuff happens, but it's just lame to assume it happens without any evidence of it.

Friday on Jim Bowden's SiriusXM radio show, Bautista was a guest. He said that he had been tested 15 times over the past three years and every test came back negative (Bowden via Twitter). Now, I can hear the cynicism already: "How do we know that's true? He's lying. He could be using HGH anyway, because that's untestable."

You can believe that. Then you can explain why the notorious juicers in the early 2000s were herculean (Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, etc.), showing noticeable increases in size, while Bautista is six feet tall and less than 200 pounds. Same as he was as a bit player for the Pirates. And he hasn't tested positive for anything.

If Bautista ever does test positive, I'll admit I was wrong and take the abuse from the "I told you so" crowd. Until then, I'd rather be perceived as naive than a narrow-minded simpleton who refuses to give credit to a player for working hard and bettering himself.

I believe Jose Bautista is clean, and I believe the evidence is on my side.

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Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:09 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

And nobody meantions Roger Maris? 16 HRs to 39 to 61 after 4 years of only averaging 18 HRs.
There are plenty of examples of players hitting bombs all of a sudden.

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:09 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

You, The writer. can call people names all you want but the plain and simple truth is that Bautista is cheating by using PED's and has been using PED's for sometime now. Use all the name calling you want and try to redirect attention all you want but in the end the truth is the truth and that is Bautista is using PED's.

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:08 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

Oh ya
Human GROWTH Horomone

He hasnt grown at all.

Any Cheaterade is going to allow the person to train more and gain muscle quicker and easier, the guy has not added weight. Either it builds muscle or it allows you to refesh quicker and train more, in the end, the body shows the results in denser muscle. You SEE the effects.

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:03 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

So how do you explain Bautista having the only supply of this new cheaterade?
Why didn't other hitters who were always good for 40 join him at 54?
You think he is the ONLY guy with this new drug and is hoarding it to himself?
Otherwise he would not be the only guy averaging 54 HR per 162

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:44 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

So IF Bautista took PED's, where is the muscle?  The guy just has a great natural swing, well after being coached correctly.  I love how all the sports columnists said he would never come close to last years HR numbers, now they have to write articles implying he must be juicing?  I hate that now everytime someone does well, the roids discussion has to come up.  It is a damn shame.  I also agree with whoever said that they were around back in the day as well.  People act like steroids are a new thing that came out late 90's, early 00's.  Then what about the shots that they give players to play through the pain sometimes?  Wouldn't that be a performance enhancer for the moment?  Without it, you wouldn;t be performing at all more then likely.  Just a bit hypocritical. Until Jose comes back dirty, just enjoy the show.

Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:31 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

hahahahahahahaha...oh wait

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:25 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

Keith Olberman wrote an ecellent article on the same subject.

To all the nay sayers, get a life. Watch the guy play for a few games, and you'll see the type of player he is. Jose spends hours in the video room watching each upcoming pitcher. He's contantly trying to do the little things to make him a better player. Accusing someone without even an ounce of proof is just you being a dick.

Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:19 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

I believe Bautista is totally clean. He showed promise as a Pirate for a few years, but the Pirates are so inept at developing players, he never got a fair chance. The Blue Jays were smart enough to spot the weakness in his swing, and then change it for the better. As a Pirates fan, I wish he'd never gotten away---especially for the 6th string catcher we traded him for---but I wish him well and hope he is successful for years.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:08 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

MLB doesn't have a test for HGH. Just ask Jose, Big Papi and Josh Hamilton.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:17 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

awesome sums this bs up totaly. Is he clean no one can say so 100 percent anymore,but hey lets give people the benifit of the doubt untill proven otherwise,just enjoy the ride,and rods dont help the on base percentage buy making you able to reach for outside strikes and drop them in. Take out the intentinal walks out and he still has the highest obp  of any hitter.

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