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Joey Bats shows off his nasty slider

He's done everything else
@michaelsclair
April 7, 2020

Rick Ankiel and Adam Loewen made the switch from the mound to the batter's box. Shohei Ohtani and Brendan McKay are making a go of it as two-way players. But perhaps the most shocking position switch of all comes in the form of José Bautista. Yes, that's right: Joey Bats,

Rick Ankiel and Adam Loewen made the switch from the mound to the batter's box. Shohei Ohtani and Brendan McKay are making a go of it as two-way players. But perhaps the most shocking position switch of all comes in the form of José Bautista.

Yes, that's right: Joey Bats, he of the greatest bat flip since time immemorial, is looking to transform himself into a pitcher. With Marcus Stroman filming, Bautista -- dressed like every bro come summer time -- showed off his slider. It impressed his former Blue Jays teammate:

While it's hard to believe that Bautista would be successful -- he's 39 years old and didn't play in the Majors last season -- we've learned better than to bet against him. After all, he was passed among four different teams as a Rule 5 player in 2004, then spent five years as a below-average utility man before transforming himself into one of the game's most fearsome sluggers. If he says he's a pitcher now, well, maybe he's a pitcher.

Michael Clair writes for MLB.com. He spends a lot of time thinking about walk-up music and believes stirrup socks are an integral part of every formal outfit.