Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bautista Ties Bell

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has hit his major league-leading 47th home run which ties the club record held by old-school slugger George Bell.

With 16 games remaining I'm sure Bautista will surpass Bell and may become the first Blue Jays player to hit 50 home runs. Not bad for a guy who entered the season with, get this, 59 career home runs.

And no I'm not suggesting anything.

But I guess, it's kind of hard not to be a little suspect nowadays.


Here' a look at the 40-home run club in Blue Jays history:

Jose Bautista - 47 and counting (2010)
George Bell - 47 (1987)
Jose Canseco - 46 (1998)
Carlos Delgado - 44 (1999)
Carlos Delgado - 42 (2003)
Shawn Green - 42 (1999)
Tony Batista - 41 (2000)
Carlos Delgado - 41 (2000)
Jesse Barfield - 40 (1986)
Carlos Delgado - 39 (2001)

For the record: The Blue Jays are yet to retire any players' number with the exception of No. 42, which is retired throughout Major League Baseball.

Looking at the above list, Carlos Delgado had some impressive years up there. Will his be the first? Maybe.

But right now, Bautista has center stage and No. 50 may be on the way soon.

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