Before I take the field tonight, wearing another team’s jersey — it just feels like there’s one thing left that I have to do.
Former third baseman and outfielder Jose Bautista played in MLB for 15 years and was a six-time All-Star. He spent most of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, playing for the team for 10 years, during which time he led the American League in home runs twice. Bautista also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles. He slugged 344 home runs in his career. Bautista was raised in a middle-class family in the Dominican Republic. The Pirates drafted him in the 20th round of the 2000 MLB draft. He made his debut with the Orioles in 2004 — he also played for the Devil Rays, Royals and Pirates that year. In August 2008, Pittsburgh traded him to Toronto, and the 27-year-old Bautista’s career took off. Beginning in 2017 and running through 2017, he never hit fewer than 22 home runs. In 2011, he led the AL in homers (43), walks (132), slugging percentage (.608) and OPS (1.056). He finished third in the voting for MVP. In 2015, Bautista led the Blue Jays to their first postseason appearance since they won the World Series in 1993. He hit 40 home runs that season and led the AL with 110 walks. Bautista last played in MLB for the Phillies in 2017.
Let me take you inside my head for a second. It’s Game 5 of the ALDS against Texas. Do or die. Tie game, seventh inning. Two men on. Two outs.
José Bautista habla sobre la importancia de ofrecer perspectivas de béisbol con una educación y habilidades lingüísticas.
Jose Bautista speaks on the importance of providing baseball prospects with an education and language skills.