Home Run Derby 2011: Jose Bautista's Time To Shine

Over the past calendar year, Jose Bautista has 62 home runs. The runner-up has 42 home runs. Here is Bautista's chance to prove himself on the biggest stage he'll ever play on. Bautista was of course famously left off the 2010 Home Run Derby roster, and he's surely upset.

Pitching to Bautista: Blue Jays bullpen catcher Alex Andreopoulos. Not pitching to Bautista: Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos. I'm sure the two get confused for one another less often than you think.

Berman on Bautista's first home run: "There's the swing that's terrorized American League pitchers for...(waits for ball to clear fence)...a year and a half!" It's as if Berman didn't want to look bad in case the ball didn't leave the yard. It was still hit really hard, and the swing was the same. If that was the swing that's been terrorizing American League pitchers for a year and a half, commit to it! Commit to your observation, do not concern yourself with results!

Bautista's round is over now, with four home runs. That is one-seventh as many home runs as Josh Hamilton hit in the first round in 2008. I don't want to call anything in the home run derby disappointing since the whole thing is stupid, but if anything were to be disappointing, it would be Jose Bautista hitting four home runs in a round. At least he hit a charity ball out. Great news for charity.

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