So You're Telling Me There's A Chance
Dec 11th 2016
Monolith Sports sources are reporting that Jose Bautista has now placed the Toronto Blue Jays at the top of his list of desired destinations for the upcoming season. This is quite a revelation for a player who brashfully declared at this past spring training there would be no "hometown discounts" when he became a free agent at the end of the 2016 season. So he is now a free agent.
Now before we get too warm and fuzzy about Jose reportedly wanting to return, let's look at some facts. The Baltimore Orioles Dan Duqette has gone on the record saying they would not want Bautista because their "fans don't like him". Dallas based "SportsDay" printed a story suggesting the same thing about the Texas Rangers. Bautista is hard to market these days. His conduct is perceived to be questionable and his rivals have taken things too personally to allow him into their clubhouses or into their fans hearts. The Red-Sox have stated they want to go younger and Tampa Bay is not in the "win now" mode a Jose contract would demand. Oakland's huge ballpark would minimize Bautista's Corsi appeal, ditto in Seattle. Detroit has far too much money locked up to long term people, some of them no longer even on the club. Houston is focused on Edwin and Texas....Oh ya..we already covered them. The options suddenly seem a little light.
Does Jose really have anywhere else he can go where he demand high-end money?
In Toronto he has the clout of years of big hits and big moments with the club.
Bat flips that are looked back on fondly as opposed to fuel to a fire. It's not a bad attitude in Toronto that Jose has, it's intensity.
With anyone else he is just an aging free agent that will likely need to be overpaid. Turf Toe even sounds like something only an old guy gets. Just saying Jose. So before we get too misty about this report, let's remember, it just makes good business sense for Jose. And that's his mantra.
Jose Bautista Returns to the Blue Jays
Jan 17th 2017
Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with options upon options.
The deal brings Jose back for slightly more than the 17.2 million dollar qualifying offer he was tendered earlier in the off season. If you can call $800,000, slightly.
Jose Bautista will come back to the Jays as a man possessed. Already noted for playing with a chip on his shoulder, can you imagine how he will be now after an off season that questioned every part of his game. It even questioned his value to ANY OTHER team in majors.
Bautista will be out to prove the doubters wrong. That notion seems to follow Bautista throughout his career. He was traded over and over again early and his baseball life and didn't settle until he landed with the Blue Jays and Cito Gaston. 54 homeruns later, he was an established star. But one that always had something to prove.
Take heart Blue Jays fans. The media will say that he had no other place to go, that the Jays are thinking with their Box-Office Hearts instead of their heads. This is false. Bautista will represent a continuity of winning. A man the fans and the team has grown with. Jose will have something to prove.
Jose is healthy again (please see below for how bad a turf toe injury is and it will assist in understanding his struggles last season) and more importantly not squeezing the bat any longer with the pressure of impending free agency.
A familiar line up is around him and without Edwin, he will be relied upon to be the Middle Man in this powerful lineup. He has always risen to the occasion (see bat flip) and will again. Joey will be putting the "Bats" back into "Joey Bats".
You heard it here first,
Jose Bautista is 2017 Comeback Player of the Year
Photo Credit - Toronto Star
monolith sports - Jose Bautista Likes Toronto
Jan. 17th 2017
Turf toe is a sprain to the ligaments around the big toe joint, which works primarily as a hinge to permit up and down motion. Just behind the big toe joint in the ball of your foot are two pea-shaped bones embedded in the tendon that moves your big toe. Called sesamoids, these bones work like a pulley for the tendon and provide leverage when you walk or run. They also absorb the weight that presses on the ball of the foot.
When you are walking or running, you start each subsequent step by raising your heel and letting your body weight come forward onto the ball of your foot. At a certain point you propel yourself forward by "pushing off" of your big toe and allowing your weight to shift to the other foot. If the toe for some reason stays flat on the ground and doesn't lift to push off, you run the risk of suddenly injuring the area around the joint. Or if you are tackled or fall forward and the toe stays flat, the effect is the same as if you were sitting and bending your big toe back by hand beyond its normal limit, causing hyperextension of the toe. That hyperextension, repeated over time or with enough sudden force, can -- cause a sprain in the ligaments that surround the joint.
credit - webMD
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