The Toronto Blue Jays have seen some pretty good years and the 2011 by Jose Bautista is one of the best
Recently I saw how the Blue Jays took over the Yankees and while I watched Cavan Biggio Hit a single in the left field to put the game 7-7 in 9it made me think. The Blue Jays were going to lose that next game in the next half inning, but it made me realize how big Biggio has been since being called up from AAA Buffalo. Then I went to Fangraphs to find supporting evidence or interesting statistics to tweet like I often do (at least I find them interesting).
I'm totally into Biggio, a big fan of his approach. Kid has a 17.3% BB in 110 PA so far. If he kept that pace the only other one #Blue jays to replicate that or better in a single season
2011 Bautista 20.2%
1989 McGriff 17.5%
2000 Delgado 17.3%
– Stephen Brown (@ DTSB_98) June 26, 2019
And as usual, Fangraphs made me jump through a rabbit hole that I didn't even know I had to explore. I wouldn't call myself Alice, but when it comes to the Blue Jays this was definitely worthy of Wonderland. Jose BautistaNearly $ .0000 was not included in the 2011 season and it did not end with a World Series title John Olerud& # 39; S did 1993. Bautista did not win the MVP award like Josh Donaldson did in 2015 and no, he didn't have 145 RBI as Carlos Delgado done in 2003. What made it so special? Well, sit back and let me take you on a walk through the memory lane to watch one of the biggest offensive seasons ever by Blue Jay and this decade.
The 2011 Blue Jays finished 81-81, making them 4th in the AL East. Apart from Bautista, the team was led by Rickey Romero and Brandon Morrow on the hill. We also just got our first glimpse and probably the best 43 game stretch of Brett LawrieHis career. Adam Lind was in his second straight season of trying to regain his silver slugger shape and shape Aaron Hill The Toronto era had just come to an end. We still learned to appreciate Edwin Encarnacion and we thought we had found the shortstop of the present and / or the future in Yunnel Escobar.
But Bautista was a man on a mission and was the leader of the club in every category of the biggest offensive. He proved that his 54 home run 2010 season was not just a fluke. Looking back at how it all ended, I wish I went down to see more games, he was really great. In fact, here is how dominant Bautista was from 2010 to 2015.
But back to 2011. What about 2011 was so special? Why is this season particularly similar to that of Olerud in 1993, or Delgado & # 39; s 2003 or Donaldson & # 39; s 2015? Let's take a look at the numbers.
It's almost a draw between Bautista, Olerud and Delgado when it comes to wRC +. Yes, Donaldson won the MVP award because he was a great defensive player and the above players were * not *. But we're talking offensive here, not a boring old defense!
But where does the 2011 season of Bautista score in the past decade? I'm glad you asked. It is difficult to compare players in different eras and sometimes foolish to do this. Especially with the way in which baseball has flown recently. So, maybe we can get a better perspective of how stupidly good Bautista that particular season was.
(Footnote: Mike Trout is very good at baseball. Thank you for coming to this unintended TedTalk)
The fifth best, are you kidding me?! How the hell did he not win the MVP award ???
* Checks 2011 AL MVP race *
Justin Verlander won the MVP award and the CY Young that season and I mean … no, he earned both. The man had an ERA of 2.40, 0.92 WHIP and pitched 250 strikeouts in 251 innings while making 24-5. Jacoby Ellsbury finishing second in the vote, for me, is a bit of a poop, but that was it in 2011. There was no "Bat Flip" at the time. Delgado hit 4 homeruns in a game that once faced 13,000 fans and that was … cool? I do not know. 2006 was … exciting? Roy Halladay many gems in the 2000s and even he didn't really get much respect. It was another time to be a Jays fan in what many people consider the dead years (1993 to 2015).
My call is to current fans there. Don't let future Blue Jay fans go without knowing how much of a goat that Jose Bautista was and still is. Just to think, the inspiration for this article was an RBI single from LF from Biggio in a more or less meaningless game. Ah, baseball, the beautiful game.
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