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LOL add 3 more homers to Bautista's total on the year...

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LOL add 3 more homers to Bautista's total on the year...

Never personally seen a player locked in like this. He is at Bonds level from 2001-2004 if not better. He has already missed 8 games this year so he has 16 home runs in 32 games.

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Where the fvck did Bautista even come from? How does a hitter this explosive just "turn it on" like that?

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I know, its crazy. If I remember correctly, he overhauled his swing mechanics in mid or late 2009, and then pretty much *poof* - he started hitting homers; in fact he hit 10 homers in the month of September of that year.... he hit 3 total homeruns the entire season before that month. And then he continued that insane power surge into 2010, and its continued into 2011. Just ridiculous.

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Being a jays fan is awesome right now. Bautista is a monster, and is definitly going to win MVP I'd imagine.

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Being a jays fan is awesome right now. Bautista is a monster, and is definitly going to win MVP I'd imagine.

the sad part is everyone is assuming he is taking steroids. the increase in power he has had is remarkable

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the sad part is everyone is assuming he is taking steroids. the increase in power he has had is remarkable

I agree, it is sad. I don't blame them or anything, but the guy isn't that big, he just has a remarkable swing.

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Being a jays fan is awesome right now. Bautista is a monster, and is definitly going to win MVP I'd imagine.

Lot of good candidates early on. I'd say Adrian Gonzalez is right up there if not the front runner. Asdrubal Cabrera is not far behind.

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Matt Joyce would probably be the closest, ignoring RBI totals, obviously. Adrian Gonzalez is having a terrific year, and he was my pick to win AL MVP at the beginning of the year, but he isn't even in Bautista's league right now (again, unless you go by RBI totals). Nobody is, frankly, not even Joyce. Hes been that insane. The only reason his RBI totals aren't higher is because there are exactly 2 other players in that lineup with an OBP higher than .325.

I still can't get over his numbers though. He really is like early-2000 Bonds. The Jays look like geniuses giving him that extension.

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Matt Joyce would probably be the closest, ignoring RBI totals, obviously. Adrian Gonzalez is having a terrific year, and he was my pick to win AL MVP at the beginning of the year, but he isn't even in Bautista's league right now (again, unless you go by RBI totals). Nobody is, frankly, not even Joyce. Hes been that insane. The only reason his RBI totals aren't higher is because there are exactly 2 other players in that lineup with an OBP higher than .325.

I still can't get over his numbers though. He really is like early-2000 Bonds. The Jays look like geniuses giving him that extension.

I agree, I watch my Jays every night and The guys who are batting infront of him : Escobar, Patterson and even Davis are not exactly the most consistant hitters. If we could get Aaron Hill back to what he was doing a couple years ago batting second and have Escober get on base a little more often, Bautista would be killing the RBI race. I think 14-15 of his home runs have been solo shots, and got it's frustrating.

I think the future is lookin great for the Jays, with our young pitching staff who is only going to get better, plus some promising prospects and already great players, we should be contenders in 2 years.

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Here's something very intersting:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6651634

A simple form of realignment being seriously considered has been raised in the labor talks between Major League Baseball and the players' association, according to four sources: two leagues of 15 teams, rather than the current structure of 16 teams in the National League and 14 in the American League.

According to a highly ranked executive, one consideration that has been raised in ownership committee meetings is eliminating the divisions altogether, so that 15 AL and 15 NL teams would vie for five playoff spots within each league. Currently, Major League Baseball has six divisions.

I can't imagine that they would completely do away with divisions. Travel would be horrendous with how many games baseball teams play if the schedule is balanced. Also, I can't imagine MLB letting its rivalries go (i.e. why would they cut the amount of Yankees-Red Sox or Giants-Dodgers games?).

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I've never bothered to jump in the realignment debate. I don't know, I like the way it is now. I also think the current playoff system is fine, though I won't be against an additional wildcard from each league (though if its a 1-game series, that's kinda stupid).

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i like how the coach of washington resigned after their owners didnt want to talk about a contract extension for him

that took guts

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i like how the coach of washington resigned after their owners didnt want to talk about a contract extension for him

that took guts

It wasn't gutsy, just incredibly stupid and self-serving. He walked out on his team, plain and simple. If a player tried to pull this (like K-Rod going home if the Mets did things to make sure his option didn't kick in) there'd be a grievance filed. And it's not like he's getting a managerial job elsewhere regardless, his only chance of being a manager next year was to ride it out with the Nats and hope they picked up the option.

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It wasn't gutsy, just incredibly stupid and self-serving. He walked out on his team, plain and simple. If a player tried to pull this (like K-Rod going home if the Mets did things to make sure his option didn't kick in) there'd be a grievance filed. And it's not like he's getting a managerial job elsewhere regardless, his only chance of being a manager next year was to ride it out with the Nats and hope they picked up the option.

Agreed. Riggleman is an idiot. You'd have to be pretty stupid to hire this fool after pulling such a stunt.

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It wasn't gutsy, just incredibly stupid and self-serving. He walked out on his team, plain and simple. If a player tried to pull this (like K-Rod going home if the Mets did things to make sure his option didn't kick in) there'd be a grievance filed. And it's not like he's getting a managerial job elsewhere regardless, his only chance of being a manager next year was to ride it out with the Nats and hope they picked up the option.

he was interviewed on WFAN and he said that the management and owners are clueless. i think he was ranting that he has them over .500 blah blah and that he only wanted a committment on his future

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Wow, just a horrible story:

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/news/story?id=6747510

A male fan has died after falling over the outfield railing and landing on the concrete behind the out-of-town scoreboard at the Rangers Ballpark during the second inning of Thursday's game between the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics.

The left-field wall is 14 feet high and the fan went over the railing, which is a few feet higher, for an approximately 20-foot drop. The area where the man fell is out of sight from the field.

The fan, wearing a blue Rangers cap and white Rangers shirt, was seated in the front row with his young son. According to others seated near him, the man was yelling at Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton for a foul ball that was hit by Conor Jackson and ricocheted into left field in the second inning. Hamilton flipped the ball toward the fan and the fan leaned over, caught it and toppled over in the gap between the railing and the back of the scoreboard on the left-field fence.

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Yeah, that is awful. I feel terrible for his family and Josh Hamilton. Hopefully they put some kind of soft padding in that concrete-exposed gap, if possible, to prevent future accidents like this. Really sad.

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Yeah that story is just horrible. His poor son that sat there and watched it. I wish his family the best.

The Texas Rangers are about to have a press conference about it any minute.

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Very sad story indeed. That poor kid, his family, Josh Hamilton, the guy that was standing next to him that tried to slow his fall ... just, ugh.

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Toronto is getting Colby Rasmus as part of a 3-team deal. Looks like they are giving up Frasor and a couple prospects and Edwin Jackson is going to St. Louis. This is probably going to be a major win for Toronto; Rasmus has big-time potential, hes still very young, and he was fantastic last year (133+ OPS, 23 HR from a 23 year old CF'er). St. Louis is stupid.

Edit: Olney claims Zach Stewart and Frasor to the White Sox as part of the Jackson/Teahen deal.

Edit 2: Jackson, Dotel, and Rzepczynski are heading to St. Louis for Rasmus.

So basically, the Jays just acquired Rasmus while giving up Stewart and a couple relievers. Wow, such a steal.

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How many different teams has Edwin Jackson been on? :lol:

I heard someone talking about Rasmus (I think it was Heyman), apparently the Cardinals/LaRussa don't like him cause he listens to his dad and not the coaches.

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Yeah, La Russa hated Rasmus. But wow, you have to be stupid to give up on him like that. So much potential, and he flashed a lot of that last season. The Jays basically got him for a prospect who projects as a #3 or #4 starter and 2 relievers; major steal.

Edit: Trever Miller and Brian Tallet are also going to Toronto and Corey Patterson is going to St. Louis, but who cares, it doesn't change the fact Toronto so won this deal.

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1. What a brutal blown call in the Pirate game. I could see if it was a bang bang play but it wasn't even close, hell even Lugo was shocked to be called safe. Just an unreal end to a marathon game.

2. That's a great trade for the Jays for reasons nmigliore pointed out. As a Yankee fan I'm not too happy about that.

3. Man does Edwin Jackson get moved a lot, today was his fifth and sixth trades of his career and he's just 27. At least he gets to test free agency at the end of the year.

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