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The scout who drafted Bautista

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Bob Elliott's got a nice interview with Mickey White who was responsible for drafting Jose Bautista originally with the Pirates in 2000 and again as Rule V pick by the Orioles in 2004. He has some good insight on the road travelled by Bautista to get to the monster season he's had this year. This quote seems apt: "Jose’s always been such a good player but at times he was victimized by versatility, people hung a utility tag on him." On that last bit, even after the season he's having, Jose Bautista's Wikipedia page is still titled José Bautista (utility player). Someone ought to change that.

Now if they ever try to make you a full-time DH, you tell them they can kiss your purple butt......

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Now if they ever try to make you a full-time DH, you tell them they can kiss your purple butt... (Former Toronto Blue Jay slugger George Bell chats with Jose Bautista at the Rogers Centre on Sept. 28, 2010. Photo by National Post)

Dave Perkins on George Bell

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As Jose Bautista passes George Bell for Toronto's single-season HR record, long-time Toronto Star columnist Dave Perkins reminisces about the force of nature that was Bell. The 1987 Jays are my all-time favourite team and I loved watching George Bell that year. Got to know him a bit as one of those "gofers" around the clubhouse in 1989 and 1990 - beneath all the prickliness and bluster, he was a good-natured, funny guy.

Does An MVP Candidate Need His Team To Finish In 1st Place? D-Wade Hopes Not

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Does An MVP Candidate Need His Team To Finish In 1st Place? D-Wade Hopes Not

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