There are quite a few rumors going on that Jose Bautista, the Blues Jays home run machine (that sounds so weird to say), is on some kind of performance enhancing drug. If this were 10 years ago, no one would care, they would just keep rooting him on to hit homer after homer. However in this day and age, I have to wonder how he is doing it.
How a player who is 29 suddenly go from a 15 homer run hitter to 40+? The old proverb, “History repeats itself” comes into play here. Think back to Brady Anderson who underwent the same metamorphosis. We found out later it was chemically induced. I think when all is said and done we might be looking at the same thing here. I am not saying he is on PEDs, but in my opinion if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.
Oddly his batting average hasn’t increased and his strikeout rate hasn’t decreased (things you notice with PED usage). He seems to be the same kind of hitter but with 3 times as much power. So it’s not like he changed his batting stance, or developed a quicker reflex, as you would see a difference in his average and strikeout rates. It just seems that he has more strength.
Usually a player begins to peak at 26. It is possible that Bautista was a late bloomer, but it seems far fetched. I think in this day and age, players are guilty until proven innocent. It hasn’t hurt the sales of his cards though. His Bowman rookie autograph has been selling like crazy lately for between $25 – $40. It’s nuts because not more than a year ago, they could be had for a dollar each. Which by the way, I feel will be the price of his autographs after everything is over and done.