“I’m just taking advantage of good pitches. I am seeing the ball well and my confidence is high.”
Jose Bautista is a 30 year-old infielder/outfielder with the Toronto Blue Jays. He separated himself from the pack with a breakout season in 2010, belting 54 home runs.
Bautista never hit more than 16 home runs in a season until age 29 when he became the 26th player in Major League Baseball History to hit 50 or more homers in a season.
Bautista is not a big man: 6′ 195 pounds. He bounced around for several years before finding a home in Toronto. In fact, in 2004, Jose Played for Baltimore, Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.
Jose Bautista has proven that 2010 is no fluke. He currently has 34 home runs and 77 runs-batted-in.
Bautista made a significant change in his swing and the results have been astounding.
Jose Bautista played for the Indianapolis Indians in 2005, 2006 and 2008. I could see that he had talent but nobody envisioned Bautista
hitting 54 home runs in a season at any level, let alone the Major Leagues.
Bautista changed his swing under the tutelage of then Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston and hitting coach Dewayne Murphy. Bautista began to start his swing earlier enabling him to “get to” the fastball on the inner half of the plate. He had been “late” on those pitches.
Ted Williams told Tony Gwynn that “history” is made on pitches from the “middle of the plate in.” Tony used to “inside out that pitch” to the opposite field for a single. After his talk with Williams, Tony started driving that pitch, and his RBI totals increased dramatically.
Bautista changed his swing, started driving that pitch and made “history”.