It's late, and I don't want to re-size all of the scans from the ninth jumbo pack and type up a full-blown post. But I do want to post something this weekend, other than comments on other people's blogs. So here's a preview of my next pack break post, featuring one of my favorite cards from that pack. And it's a uniform back card, so I get to revive this series. It's a win-win!
Jose Bautista may turn out to be the first clean 50-home run hitter baseball has had in a while. Of course, there are still the skeptics out there who think that there's no way his unexpected power surge can be legit, that it has to be performance-enhanced (which would make him either the ballsiest or stupidest juicer, cheating at the time when baseball has the most scrutiny placed on its drug-detection process).
Personally, I think that Bautista's 2010 power surge is for real. Players can still improve thanks to hard work and new training regimens. Plus, some players just have a switch flip one year, and it's not a medically-enhanced flip, either. Yes, Bautista's career year happened at age 29, which is a couple of years after the magical Age 27 mark when so many players have their best season. But I'm happy to give him the benefit of the doubt. Let's see what happens this year.
(By the way, Brady Anderson, whose 1996 season is perhaps the most comparable to Bautista's 2010 season, is in the Orioles' camp this spring as a special instructor. He had his career season at age 32. Wanna feel old? He's now 47.)