After Jose Bautista hit a home run on Friday, and then two home runs off of David Price on Saturday, Joe Maddon had an interesting comment. He invoked the one name that Bautista and the Blue Jays probably don’t want to hear: Barry Bonds

“He’s very reminiscent of Barry Bonds in 2002,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “He looks like that where every time he swings the bat, it looks like it’s going to go over the wall. Just tremendous plate disciple, very aggressive swing. It’s an understatement to say that he’s locked in right now. He’s hitting as though there’s a league above this one.”

Well, we all know how 2002 Bonds turned out.

Now, Maddon is not trying to imply that Bautista is a steroid user. But in this era, Maddon is walking down a dangerous path.

When Bautista hits 54 home runs last year, after hitting 59 home runs, in the four previous years combined, eyebrows are raised. And now this year, he is once again leading the AL with seven longballs after his weekend performance.

Is Bautista juicing? Who knows. And quite frankly, we don’t really care anymore. But if people use Maddon’s quote to bolster their own speculation, Bautista only has Major League Baseball and his fellow baseball players to blame.



  1. Don says:

    IF Maddon WASN"T suggesting steroids I could think of 100 old players .....that weren't users... that Maddon could have compared Bautista to....Low blow Joe....didn't the Rays have Bautista once?

  2. pete says:

    I don't see this as a shot at Bautista. This is a complement. Bonds in the "Steroid Era" was the best player in the game and was feared like no other.

    up until yesterday we couldn't get Bautista out and he beat us by himself on friday.

    Bautista was a pirate and we never had him.

  3. Tom says:

    We had him for 1 month in 2004. He was a rule 5 draftee and he was traded on 4 teams that season.

  4. BG says:

    I haven't followed Bautista's career, but I'd venture a guess that the reason why he lasted so long in the Pirates organization despite iffy results, or why he was a Rule 5 pick, was that scouts/coaches knew he had amazing power potential.

    Some coach on the Jays just helped him refine his technique late in 2009 and voila.

    Bautista was dang near an unstoppable force in the recent Rays/Jays series and I can't think of a better example of an unstoppable force in baseball than '02 Barry Bonds. Heck, Bautista is leading the league in HR and BB right now, right?

  5. Japhei says:

    I totally agree.

    Bautista is hitting the ball like a right handed Barry Bonds. Right now him and Pujols are in a league above their peers.


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