Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista added to his Blue Jays resume yesterday reaching the 1000 hit plateau cementing himself as the 9th player in team history to accomplish the feat.
In true Jose Bautista fashion, the 36-year old who always has a flair for the dramatic tied the game versus the Tampa Bay Rays in the 8th inning with a ringing double off the left-field wall for his 1000 hit as a member of the Blue Jays.
Bautista who has spent the last 10 seasons north of the border was acquired in 2008 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade the Pirates undoubtedly wish they could have a mulligan on. The Jay shipped Robinson Diaz to Pittsburgh as the player to be named later for Joey Bats.
The outfielder has gone on to play 1103 games in a Blue Jays uniform since the transaction belting 266 home runs and stroking 1000 hits.
Bautista is poised to climb the all-time hit list a few more times as the 2017 season progresses.
Blue Jays All-Time Hit List
1. Tony Fernandez 1583
2. Vernon Wells 1529
3. Carlos Delgado 1413
4. Lloyd Moseby 1319
5. George Bell 1294
6. Shannon Stewart 1082
7. Joe Carter 1051
8. Damaso Garcia 1028
9. Jose Bautista 1000
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Bautista could conceivably leapfrog into 6th place ahead of Stewart before the conclusion of the season. The slugger also sits second on the all-time home run list only second to Delgado and 5th in the runs batted in.
The slugger also sits second on the all-time home run list only second to Carlos Delgado who has 336 round trippers.
Joey Bats is also 5th on the team list in runs batted in and could challenge to take over nearly all of the all-time offensive category leader boards should the Jays pick up his next two-year mutual options on his contract.
Congratulations Jose Bautista here’s hoping for 1000 more.