Toe and knee injuries suppressed Bautista’s productivity in 2016 and prevented him from netting the massive payday he sought on the open market, but his diminished contract demands enabled the Blue Jays to keep him in Toronto for at least one more year. The outspoken, late-blooming slugger has made six All-star teams in nine seasons north of the border, and his 251 homers since the start of 2010 are the most in the majors. Not included in that total is Bautista’s 2015 AL Division Series Game 5-winning shot off the Rangers’ Sam Dyson, punctuated with an epic bat flip that rivals Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series-winning homer for the most iconic in franchise history.
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