Jose Bautista Newsbeat
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
As long as they still have the First Amendment up in Toronto, Jose Bautista will speak freely.
The epic bat flip was the perfect accelerant in the virtual world: shareable, brief, visual, dramatic, meme-provoking. It was an apt display for these times, if not the century of baseball that preceded it. Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage, for instance, called Bautista “a disgrace to the game.”
“That’s always going to be there. They’re purists,” Bautista says of his critics. “And I get it. It’s hard to see the change in your sport, and hard to accept and swallow sometimes. Do you think Larry Bird cringes when he watches a game now and sees alley-oops left and right and people draining threes without setting plays and the way they play defense, especially in the regular season? Probably. He’s like, Man, back in my day it was different.
“But I don’t know why other sports are more accepting of that change. Baseball is the only sport where people try to hold on to the past and prevent that change from happening.
“I think most people understood that it was spur of the moment, a natural reaction in a celebratory way to a big, huge moment in a playoff game. I think most of the negative backlash came from the losing part: the Texas region.”
Monday, May 16, 2016
I usually don’t care about this kind of stuff. This fracas was pretty stupid though.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
He has studied all the aging metrics, and defies them the way he defied his projected career path of being a utility player. When Jose was 30, he led the league in homers (43), walks, slugging, OPS and OPS+.
At 40? “I am preparing to be physically capable of doing the same,” Bautista says. “I am preparing to defy those aging curves by my strict adherence to physical, mental and nutritional routines. When I missed time (at 31) with hip problems, I changed everything,” he says. “I studied, I learned about my body, and how to keep it at peak performance levels, and how to maintain it. I study how Chip Kelly prepares his players. I do what he teaches. I do what Tom Brady does. It is about discipline and diet and strive for physical and mental states that defy aging. I love a good steak; I cannot eat red meat. There are a lot of things I love, but I cannot be who and what I want to be and eat and drink them.
“It has been suggested that when I told the Blue Jays what it would take for me to sign an extension and pass up free agency (next November), it was because I absolutely believe that I will perform at my expected level past the age of 40.”
And, oh, by the way, he wants six years, not five.
Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:20 PM | 10 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
OK, so where will Bautista end up playing next season for less money?
Toronto Blue Jays’ all-star outfielder Jose Bautista is demanding a five-year contract extension worth more than $30 million per year, two sources familiar with the matter told TSN.
Bautista turns 36 in October and a $150-million contract, were he able to secure it, would make him among baseball’s top-paid players.
Posted: February 23, 2016 at 03:09 PM | 29 comment(s)
Monday, February 22, 2016
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista said Monday that he has given the team “a number” on what it would take to sign him to an extension and he isn’t willing to negotiate further.
“I did not go to them. They asked me a question, ‘What would it take to get it done?’ and I gave them an answer. It’s not an adamant, drawn lines in the sand or anything. Simply questions were asked, I felt like for this process to go down smoothly there didn’t need to be any time wasted and efforts wasted for either party. If this is going to happen, they should know what it takes, and I told them the number because they asked me,” he told ESPN’s Britt McHenry.
In comments to reporters Monday, Bautista said the Blue Jays came to him with their question two weeks ago. He said he is “not willing to negotiate.”
“I’m not going to sit here and bargain for a couple of dollars,” adding later, “They either meet it or it is what it is.”
Friday, February 05, 2016
Sunday, January 03, 2016
I agree. Not gonna happen.
vacation from baseball was rudely interrupted by a tweet pointing to a post by Ian over at The Blue Jay Hunter, which, in turn, points to Jerry Crasnick’s “MLB Most Interesting People in 2016” column at ESPN that had this juicy nugget buried in the part where he named Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion the 10th and 11th most interesting persons in Major League Baseball (emphasis mine):
“But much of the attention in Toronto will focus on Bautista and Encarnacion, who combined for 79 homers and 225 RBIs and helped scare the daylights out of visiting pitchers at Rogers Centre in 2015. Both sluggers are eligible for free agency in November, and their hazy futures will be an inevitable piece of the narrative this summer in Toronto. The buzz is already building that one of the two will eventually land in Boston as Ortiz’s DH heir at Fenway.”
for his generous support.
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