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Joey Bats for Triple Crown

There is still no more exciting play in baseball than the home run.

Ok, Jose Bautista, we get it. You hit home runs. A lot of home runs. In fact, after the three you hit Sunday, you've hit 60+ in your last 162 games. We get it.

In all seriousness, what Jose Bautista is doing is really remarkable. We seem to have moved into an age of pitching dominance and yet one guy is refusing to go quietly into that dark night. Bautista is hitting home runs at a prodigious rate while the rest of the league is happy to slap a few singles and keep the runners moving.

There were several respected baseball people who thought last year was a fluke for Joey Bats. That, for whatever reason, the 54 dingers he hit were the exception to the rule and 2010 was most decidedly an aberration. Guess they missed the mark on that one. And the scary thing is that Bautista is not just a one trick pony. His batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentages are also leading the league. In short, if the Blue Jays can get a few guys on in front of him, Bautista could be a serious threat to win the Triple Crown.

So, stay tuned. He is really locked in right now, and while it may be fun to watch guys like Weaver, Johnson, and Halladay throw darts and retire batter after batter, there is still no more exciting play in baseball than the home run.

And right now there's no one better at home runs than Joey Bats.

Ok, Jose Bautista, we get it. You hit home runs. A lot of home runs. In fact, after the three you hit Sunday, you've hit 60+ in your last 162 games. We get it.

In all seriousness, what Jose Bautista is doing is really remarkable. We seem to have moved into an age of pitching dominance and yet one guy is refusing to go quietly into that dark night. Bautista is hitting home runs at a prodigious rate while the rest of the league is happy to slap a few singles and keep the runners moving.

There were several respected baseball people who thought last year was a fluke for Joey Bats. That, for whatever reason, the 54 dingers he hit were the exception to the rule and 2010 was most decidedly an aberration. Guess they missed the mark on that one. And the scary thing is that Bautista is not just a one trick pony. His batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentages are also leading the league. In short, if the Blue Jays can get a few guys on in front of him, Bautista could be a serious threat to win the Triple Crown.

So, stay tuned. He is really locked in right now, and while it may be fun to watch guys like Weaver, Johnson, and Halladay throw darts and retire batter after batter, there is still no more exciting play in baseball than the home run.

And right now there's no one better at home runs than Joey Bats.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.