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What Can the Pirates Learn From Jose Bautista?

What Can the Pirates Learn From Jose Bautista?

What can the Pirates learn from Bautista's 2010 season?

It's hard to ignore the season Jose Bautista is having.  A 52 home run season for any player is special, regardless of whether the season is reflective of the player's talent level.  One thing that isn't hard to do is to look back and say "what if".  It's been easy to wonder how the Pittsburgh Pirates would fare with a guy who currently has 52 homers, especially since that guy was traded for Robinzon Diaz in August 2008.  But don't think that the move was a mistake because of Bautista's homers.

There have been many mistakes made with Jose Bautista.  In 2003, he hit for a .242/.359/.424 line in 165 at-bats, and in his frustrating season he punched a garbage can and broke his hand, putting him out for two months.  The Pirates made a mistake of leaving him unprotected in the Rule 5 draft that off-season, causing him to be drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.  Bautista also spent time with Tampa Bay, and then Kansas City.  That...

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