Reflecting on Toronto Blue Jays legend José Bautista's close brush with a new career path as a pitcher before retiring from baseball.

By the Numbers
  • Bautista's career stats with the Blue Jays: .253 batting average, .878 OPS, 288 home runs, and 766 RBI in 10 seasons.
  • He signed a one-day contract to retire as a Blue Jay in 2023.
Yes, But

The COVID-19 pandemic potentially played a role in Bautista not pursuing his pitching career further.

State of Play
  • Bautista, despite being a six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger, fell off the Hall of Fame ballot in his first year of eligibility.
  • His legacy as one of the best players for the Jays and the city of Toronto remains strong.
What's Next

While Bautista's pitching ambitions did not materialize, his impact on the Blue Jays and the city of Toronto will forever be remembered.

Bottom Line

Though José Bautista almost transitioned to a pitcher's role, his lasting legacy as a Blue Jays legend endures, highlighting his significant contributions to the team and city.