Joey Bats Wins Hammerin’ Hank Honours

We all know Jose Bautista had a MVP caliber season in 2010: well … now he’s starting to be awarded like a Most Valuable Player.

Bautista picked up the first of which I’m sure are many more awards to come after he was named the recipient of the Hank Aaron Award. It honours the best offensive players in each league, and are decided upon by the fans, and current hall of famers.

As the accolades start to roll in for Bautista, it will likely increase his value in the eyes of the arbitrators if and when the Blue Jays go to arbitration with him in the coming months.


The only issue I have with Jose Bautista was his tie selection. It’s difficult to gauge exactly what the pattern is, but from afar it looks like a collage of baseballs. Joey Votto on the other hand looked very GQ is his basic black & white ensemble.

I can’t really knock Jose Bautista though since he hit 54 home runs, he can pretty much wear whatever the hell he wants. Congratulations Jose and keep those awards coming!

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.



  1. The 5th Starter

    November 1, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    It's a Silver and Grey Paisley from the look of it. I assume he was trying to match his suit. The black shirt isn't helping the cause either.

    With that color of Grey, he could have pulled off an awesome-ly colorful shirt and tie combo, and still looked appropriate for the awards presentation.

  2. Ian - BJH

    November 1, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    5th Starter, good eye: as a man who only owns ties which are solid colours or have beer mugs on them, I'm not all that familiar with the other designs.

    Again, I'm probably being over critical – but Jose Bautista can wear whatever he wants, so long as he stays with the Blue Jays!

  3. Mattt

    November 1, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    Good point- every award drives up the price. It's not too late to sign a 3 or 4 year deal. I'm pretty sure at worst he will continue to be a great fielder at every position and I'm sure his power is here to stay. 30 HR's is his bottom end unless he enters the same hitting vortex Aaron Hill was in…

  4. Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf)

    November 1, 2010 - 7:28 pm

    I wasn't a fan of his choice of suit, either. But you said it best, Ian. Bau can wear whatever the hell he wants. Did you read his quote in The Globe about repeating his magical season? OH MY GOD. Bautista has swept me off my feet.

  5. Ian - BJH

    November 1, 2010 - 8:29 pm

    Mattt, the bonus of signing Bautista to a 2-3-4 year deal is that they can probably avoid the hefty arbitration raise he's going to get for 2011, and just build it in to the back end of the new contract. I'm sure AA would rather hammer something out than letting it go to arbitration anyway.

    Nav, if he can hit 54 home runs with a hernia, then he can hit 60 home runs while healthy. I can't friggin' wait.

  6. Nadia

    November 2, 2010 - 3:37 am

    Based on cut of the suit and quality, Bautista is leaps and bounds ahead of the other three gentlemen. The colour of the tie is a bit risky though.

    Glad to see Bautista take home some well deserved hardware. I wonder if Molitor influenced the decision. Gotta at least ask the question.

  7. Ian - BJH

    November 2, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    Nadia, I guess in order to be a trail-blazer in sports fashion, sometimes you have to make some unpopular wardrobe choices. That being said, it kinda works on him.

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