So many of Jose Bautista's numbers remain the same one third into this Major League season. He is on pace for just about 40 home runs, just about 100 RBI, just about what was accomplished individually last season. But something has changed that needs to be corrected. Bautista needs to alter his body language at the plate, stop his perpetual umpire pouting, temper his frustration if he is going to be the leader the suddenly last-place Blue Jays require him to be. While he remains the most indispensible Jay, and clearly their best player, the message he conveys as veteran performer needs to be upgraded. He is hitting almost 80 points lower than he batted a year ago, and has watched his OPS drop from an impossible 1.056 to the number of .773 as of Saturday afternoon. Those numbers will improve in the second half — but don't expect them to match last year's stats. What Bautista must do is project a better image for the young Jays to learn and grow from. This is a team of young talent trying to figure things out. It was the players who had the highest expectation for this season, not management or ownership. They say they can compete in the American League East.
Bautista must lead by example
Toronto Sun | Jun 3