Tag:Jose Bautista
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 5:18 pm

Blue Jays accused of stealing signs


By Evan Brunell

The Toronto Blue Jays stand accused of stealing signs by utilizing a man dressed in a white shirt out in the bleachers, ESPN Magazine reports.

During a 2010 game early in the season, the White Sox's bullpen noticed a man dressed in white 25 yards to their right raising his hands every time there was an offspeed pitch. They examined his patterns and figured out he was trying to tip the batter off as to what pitch was coming, four sources from that bullpen revealed. While they couldn't figure out how the man was getting the information on the pitches, the correlation was too strong, which was backed up the next day when the players stood at home plate and on the mound to see how visible the man would have been to the batter. They found that without the batter even needing to move his head or change the direction of his eyesight, the man would clearly have been visible.

"It's premeditated," one of the AL players said, "as if the guy was a sniper trying to find the best position to make a shot."

When the bullpen noticed the man giving signs, they called into the dugout to warn the rest of the team. For the rest of the game, Chicago used multiple signs even with the bases empty and made their displeasure known to Jose Bautista the next inning.

"It's not too [f------] easy to hit home runs when you don't know what's coming!" the player yelled at Jose Bautista (pictured). The slugger, who hammered 54 home runs in 2010 after a previous career high of 16, confirmed the argument. "We know what you're doing," the anonymous player added. "If you do it again, I'm going to hit you in the [f------] head."

Bautista unsurprisingly denied any knowledge of stealing signs.

"First of all, I don't even know how you can do that," he said. "And second of all, it's obviously something that's not legal in the game. We do not cheat."

Catcher J.P. Arencibia also denied the reports, taking to Twitter to do so.

"Just read the dumbest article on ESPN about us getting signs?" he tweeted. "I'm hitting 200 and we get signs at home, that makes sense? #clowns." A followup tweet added, "Teams/pitchers need to accept when we kick their ass in the rogers centre n not give excuses... Looks like we had verlanders signs #nohitter."

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However, the man in white departed his seat after the incident. That doesn't mean there's a link to stealing signs, but the evidence has been piling up against Toronto. Some players on that same team noticed the same man signaling during the last series of the season in Toronto back in 2009, so the team passed on doing anything about it. It's not the first, nor the last, time that teams have been suspicious of Toronto, though.

One of the players told Yankees' outfielder Curtis Granderson to be on the lookout for the man in white, but Granderson was unable to sight anything during a game where he served as DH and monitored the outfield while the Yankees were on the field. Still, New York started taking precautions by using multiple signs to signal for a pitch even when men are not on base. The Red Sox were also sighted using multiple signs during a June game earlier this season.

"Could be," manager Joe Girardi said when he was asked if the Blue Jays were stealing signs from outside the field. Obviously, if you feel like it's coming from somewhere else besides a player on the field, yeah, I do have issues with that."

Statistical information does bear out a possible unnatural advantage at Rogers Center, with Baseball Prospectus' Colin Wyers, showing statistical deviations that Wyers believes is too significant to be random chance.

Wyers compared performances by players in Toronto with that player's performance in all other parks, finding that Rogers Centre added .011 home runs to a player's production, making the stadium one of the top three percent of home-run parks since 1950. This is up from .002 from 2005 to 2009.

Oh, and only the Blue Jays benefited as their home run on contact rate was 5.4 percent at home, compared with four percent on the road and an AL average of 3.6. To be sure, some of these home runs were due to Bautista's breakout, a resurgent season from Vernon Wells, and more -- but another curious aspect is that many Toronto hitters in 2010 exhibited massive home/road splits -- including Bautista and Wells. Despite a poor on-base percentage of .312 (fifth-worst in baseball), Toronto was able to score the ninth-most runs in baseball with 755 on the backing of the highest isolated power (slugging percentage minus batting average) of a team since 1954. The flip side is that the Jays only batted .269 on balls in play, the lowest in baseball by far.

"Major League Baseball has never received a complaint from any club about sign stealing in Toronto, and this is first [we've been] made aware of it," a MLB spokesperson said.

The ESPN report by Amy Nelson and Peter Young is damning, but as is written:

By themselves, these numbers are circumstantial evidence. Unsupported by data, the four players' accounts might describe a scheme of uncertain impact. And without proper context, the Yankees' decision to mask their signs could be chalked up to paranoia. But together, the numbers, the stories and the actions indicate one certainty: Every pitch to a Blue Jay in Toronto is worth watching.
GM Alex Anthopoulous, who will speak about the topic in further detail at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, denied any sign-stealing to the magazine. "That never happened, will never happen, not even a possibility," he said . "If it did happen, we'd be winning a lot more games at home … I think it's a nonstory because no one ever has picked up the phone and called me about it. It's never been an issue, and I would expect them to do so if it was."

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:47 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 10:31 pm

Bautista beaned, leaves game

By Matt Snyder

Scary moment in Toronto, as Blue Jays superstar Jose Bautista was hit in the left ear area with a pitch and has been forced to leave the game early. The pitch came off the hand of the Orioles' Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays and Bautista received good news later Tuesday night, though, because there are no symptoms of a concussion. The slugger is thus eligible to play Wednesday night. He's officially listed as day to day (MLB.com).

Bautista, 30, leads the majors in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS (obviously) and walks.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:10 pm

Bautista dodges bullet, is just 'day to day'

By Matt Snyder

Blue Jays star Jose Bautista caught his spikes in the ground on a slide into third base Thursday night against the Yankees. His ankle turned underneath him, and Bautista had to leave the game. Blue Jays fans -- and fantasy baseball owners, for that matter -- must have feared the worst.

Well, those people can breathe easy now. X-rays on Bautista's ankle came back negative, and he's listed as day to day. He will have an MRI, but nothing serious is expected to come back.

"We'll talk with him first thing in the morning when he wakes up and schedule an MRI at that point," manager John Farrell said via Sportsxchange. "That will likely be the case, just to take all precautions with him."

Bautista, 30, leads the majors in home runs (31), walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He's hitting .336 with a 1.171 OPS and has become the most feared slugger in baseball.

The Blue Jays are nine games out in the AL wild-card standings, so they still have an outside shot at making a run -- if they got really hot -- but losing Bautista for an extended stretch would be the virtual end of their 2011 season. Bautista being only day to day has to qualify as great news.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:42 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:03 pm

Bautista leaves game with ankle injury

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose BautistaToronto's Jose Bautista left Thursday's game against the Yankees after the fourth inning with an apparent right ankle injury.

Sliding into third on Edwin Encarnacion's double play ball, Bautista's lead foot could be seen sticking to the ground as he slid. He walked off the field under his own power but was replaced at third base by John McDonald for the top of the fifth.

Bautista had a hit and a walk in three plate appearances before leaving the game.

On the Blue Jays' broadcast, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Bautista's injury was a "twisted right ankle."

Bautista is arguably the American League MVP so far this season, hitting .334/.468/.702 with 31 home runs and 65 RBI at the break.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 10:43 pm

Halladay works two perfect innings

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Roy HalladayPHOENIX -- Even without a plan, Roy Halladay dominated.

When asked if he and catcher Brian McCann had a gameplan for Tuesday night's start for the National League in the All-Star Game, Halladay said they didn't.

"We talked a little bit about the guys. I knew some of these guys, I've faced them," Halladay said. "We didn't go over it. Coming in with the catcher, it's too overwhelming if you've got to catch 15 guys and go over everyone with all of them, so we kept it simple."

The result? Six up and six down in two innings. Halladay threw 19 pitches, 14 strikes. He struck out Carlos Beltran, got three groundouts and two fly outs. He was the first pitcher to throw two perfect innings with a strikeout since Roger Clemens in the 2001 All-Star Game in Seattle. He was the sixth starter to pitch at least two perfect innings with a strikeout, joining Clemens, Pedro Martinez (1999), Frank Viola (1988), Clemens (1986) and Steve Stone (1980).

One particular batter was of particular concern -- Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. But Halladay handled him easily.

"To get out there and get one pitch and get him to fly out was incredible," Halladay said.

His teammate, Cliff Lee, pitched a perfect third inning -- marking the first pair to start an All-Star Game with three perfect innings since 2001, when Clemens and Freddy Garcia achieved the feat. However, Lee gave up three hits and a run -- including a homer to Adrian Gonzalez in his second inning.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:43 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:30 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Home Run Derby edition

By Matt Snyder

PHOENIX - Hey, we're here ... so why not? Just remember, this was an event meant for fun. Any critiques are all in good fun, and we're not taking anything away from any of the players involved.

The Cano Family. Robinson Cano stole the show like one player so often does in the Derby. Isn't it amazing how every year there seems to be one player who has a huge run, even if he doesn't win? For example, Josh Hamilton's splurge in Yankee Stadium was the memory, but Justin Morneau won. This time around, Cano was the one putting on a show with the moonshots, and he hit the most. He ended up winning with 32 home runs and 30 "outs" (non-homers, though he didn't even need all 30). As a bonus, his father -- former major-league pitcher Jose Cano -- was doing the pitching. Great story and great night for the Canos.

Adrian Gonzalez. Funny thing was, as good as Cano was, Gonzalez only hit one less homer on the night. Cano's felt more spectacular and more often wowed the crowd, but Gonzalez was nearly as good. And give the duo props for both hitting more home runs than not (Gonzalez had 31 homers against 30 "outs"). That's pretty tough to do.

Prince Fielder. He was only awesome in one stretch, but it was pretty solid. In the tiebreaker round -- Matt Holliday, Prince Fielder and David Ortiz battled for two spots in Round 2 -- each hitter was granted five swings. Fielder took full advantage, hitting a home run on all five cuts.

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays. Hitting four home runs in 14 swings isn't too shabby, but we were expecting the world of Joey Bats. And he started off with two home runs before making an out. Then he just fizzled. It was disappointing, that's all. But he's still one of the biggest stars here, and that is well-deserved.

Fielder picking Rickie Weeks over Justin Upton. And we've found a flaw in Year 1 of the new system. This season, captains were named to each the NL and AL and were able to pick their three "teammates." Fielder selected his real-life teammate, Weeks, instead of the home fan favorite, Justin Upton. Sorry, the All-Star Game is about the fans. The home fans wanted to see Upton, so he should have been selected. It's not like we're asking for a huge concession; Upton only has two fewer regular-season homers than Weeks.

Fans booing. Regardless of what I said above, what's done is done by the time the Derby starts. The fans relentlessly booed Matt Kemp, Weeks, Fielder and even David Ortiz. Then, in a commercial break, the fans cheered loudly for dogs catching frisbees. I thought they came to enjoy the home run show? Give me Prince Fielder hitting a baseball 450 feet, but maybe that's just me. I like baseball. Why were they booing Ortiz? Even if there was protest for Upton not being there, Ortiz is the AL captain. And why were they cheering Matt Holliday while booing the others? It was just weird.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 7:21 pm

Even-keeled Bautista handling new star status

By C. Trent Rosecrans

PHOENIX -- Few players seem as grounded as Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. Maybe it's in part because of his background as a prospect that was traded five times in one year. Still, at least in public he rolls with the punches and talks about the experience of being a Pirate, Oriole, Devil Ray, Royal, Met and Pirate again -- all in the span of about eight months, from December 2003 until July 2004.

Now he's being asked questions about politics and other things, but he has a simple way of dealing with the questions he doesn't want to answer -- he doesn't answer them:

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 7:15 pm

Home Run Derby set to dazzle


By Evan Brunell

The 2011 Home Run Derby will pit the American League captain David Ortiz against NL captain Prince Fielder of the Brewers in a new format that still holds true to the rules of previous derbies in a battle set to air at 8 p.m. ET.

Ortiz, who won the 2010 Home Run Derby (pictured), selected three players to join him in a battle of league superiority and elected to bring Red Sox teammate Adrian Gonzalez, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and the Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, who leads all of baseball with 31 home runs.

Fielder, meanwhile, will see teammate Rickie Weeks, Matt Holliday of the Cardinals and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers try to stave off what certainly looks like an AL whitewash on paper. Weeks and Holliday aren't exactly vaunted home-run hitters, but they can hold their own. It's an entirely different thing to bang a home run in a game as opposed to batting practice.

Chase Field, the Diamondbacks' home, is a hitter's haven that will prove conducive to homers although the stadium is expected to keep its retractable roof closed to keep temperatures down as Arizona heat can skyrocket past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

If yesterday's batting practice before the Futures Game held by minor-league stars was any indication, fans are in store for a treat, given Dayan Viciedo blasted a mammoth home run that had to have traveled at least 500 feet. But there's always potential for a bust, as there tends to be at least one player each year who struggles to launch balls out of the park.

Here are some predictions made by the CBSSports.com staff, and check out previous Home Run Derby results:

Evan Brunell: Matt Holliday
Danny Knobler: New format (just as impossible to understand as old one)
Scott Miller: Matt Kemp
C. Trent Rosecrans: Robinson Cano
Matt Snyder: Rickie Weeks

Evan Brunell: Adrian Gonzalez, 491 ft.
Danny Knobler: Prince Fielder, 459 ft., one foot longer than Cecil Fielder's home run into the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre in Toronto) restaurant in 1991
Scott Miller: Jose Bautista, 489 ft.
C. Trent Rosecrans: Prince Fielder, 497 ft.
Matt Snyder: Prince Fielder, 478 ft.

Evan Brunell: Jose Bautista
Danny Knobler: Scott Boras (Prince Fielder's agent)
Scott Miller: Adrian Gonzalez
C. Trent Rosecrans: Jose Bautista
Matt Snyder: Jose Bautista

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