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Silver Lining Season Makes Bautista a Silver Slugger

Silver-Slugger

Another day, another award for Jose Bautista. This time, the Blue Jays outfielder/third baseman/beard aficionado picked up the 2010 Silver Slugger Award.

This one was basically a no-brainer as Bautista led the major leagues in home runs and he dwarfed his closest competition in the AL (Paul Konerko) by a Jhonny Peralta season’s worth of home runs (15).

So now Jose Bautista is the Blue Jays single season home run record holder, the 2010 American League Hank Aaron Award winner, and a 2010 Silver Slugger Award winner.



All I can say is Jose better use the money from his impending offseason raise to build an awards wing extension on his house.

One last thing: I don’t know if this is a freaky coincidence or what, but the filter I used in Photoshop for the above photo was called “BAS Relief”. Who knew the Bautista Appreciation Society even had it’s own Photoshop filter?

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Ian Hunter

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 ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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3 Comments

  1. Mattt

    November 12, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    That one was a gimme. Can't see how it would be possible to not give a silver slugger to JoBau. As these awards pile up and the season gets further behind us I get more excited to see what next year brings regarding Bautista…

  2. QJays

    November 13, 2010 - 2:59 am

    I still think there is some question as to whether the Babe was actually "calling" his shot when he waved his bat in the general direction of center field (which is basically the same direction as the pitcher, and in which direction many players wave bats), though I'd err on the "calling it" side of things.

    However, there is no question you called this one, Ian. Give the guy some positive attention for his solid workman-like effort with the BAS, and the guy immediately makes history. Nice job.

  3. Ian - BJH

    November 13, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    Mattt, Derek Jeter won a Gold Glove, so I guess anything's possible! Luckily the voters didn't screw this one up and Bautista got the award he deserved.

    QJays, thanks sir! But it was all Jose, and it just happened to be good timing for the BAS. I'd be just as big as a fan if he only hit

    home runs this year. At first I thought he was very unheralded as a fielder, and that's what drew me in as a fan of Jose Bautista. Now he's a Silver Slugger!

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