Jul 5, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) celebrates a home run by right fielder Jose Bautista (19) in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Bautista and Edwin Could Join History Books


Edwin Encarnacion has 23 homeruns in 85 games. Jose Bautista has 20 homeruns in 81 games. It’s only July 8th.

That means the Toronto Blue Jays have a little over 2 and a half months of the season left.

Side Thought: Time flies when your hopes and dreams for a season don’t come true eh?

That’s a little over 2 and a half months that Encarnacion and Bautista have to become team mates to each hit 40 homeruns.

It’s something that’s only been done 7 times in baseball history!

It would be the first time team mates have each hit 40 homeruns since David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez did it for the Boston Red Sox in 2005! 2005!

Not that I’m implying anything but the other seven 40 homerun team mates didn’t have to get through rigorous PED testing the way players do today.

That kind of makes Bautista and Encarnacion even more impressive.

Another side thought: If Bautista and Edwin each hit 40 bombs and the Jays don’t even finish above 500 the rest of the team should be soo freaking ashamed of themselves.

Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder could also each get to 40 homeruns with Miggy having 28 already and Fielder having 18. But they play in a pitcher’s ball park so they probably have less chance than Bautista and Edwin who get to play half their games at homer friendly Rogers Centre.

Fielder also has “only” had two 40 homerun seasons with his last one coming all the way back in 2009. And that was when he was playing for the Brewers in their homer friendly ball park.

Bautista hit 27 homeruns in just 92 games in 2012. He was also the homerun king in 2011 and 2010. If he had stayed healthy in 2012 it’s a safe bet he would have gotten to 40 along with Edwin so they could have already joined the history books last season.

Doing it again this season would have been quite the insane historic encore.

With Bautista and Encarnacion already half way to 40 with so much baseball left there’s no reason why they both shouldn’t be able to get there and join the history books this season.

In fact with the Jays having Bautista and Edwin under contract through at least 2015 they should join the history books at least once if not more.

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