BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 07: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays waits to bat during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Last year, after six so-so seasons of baseball playing, Jose Bautista became amazing. The Blue Jays signed him to what I thought was a silly contract through 2015, but it turned out that he is still amazing. As such, the SBN baseball writers voted him to a victory over Jacoby Ellsbury.
Bautista hit .302/.447/.608 in 2011, and for most of the year had an on-base percentage of over .500. His slugging percentage was highest in the league, and his fWAR was 8.3. He lead the AL in home runs with 43 and in walks with 132. For comparison, the Orioles' walk leader was Mark Reynolds with 75. My memory told me that despite his gaudy numbers he didn't kill the Orioles this season, and I was right! He hit just .219/.342/.328 in 79 PA against the O's. Must be the awesome pitching!
Our voting (it's really hard to pick ten!):
Me: 1. Miguel Cabrera, 2. Jose Bautista, 3. Curtis Granderson, 4. Jacoby Ellsbury, 5. Adrian Gonzalez, 6. Ian Kinsler, 7. Ben Zobrist, 8. Alex Gordon, 9. Adrian Beltre, 10. Alex Avila
For the rest of the voting click through the jump: