Jose Bautista is on steroids. There's no other explanation for his dramatic increase in home runs over the past two seasons. The Toronto Blue Jay slugger is taking some new exotic drug that would make Victor Conte proud. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
It's unfortunate that in 2011 a lot of people feel the same way I do. Jose is guilty until proven innocent because of the past indiscretions of former players. Sports fans have become cynical with regards to athletes denying drug use. We've heard it too many times from too many different players.
It could very well be that Jose has switched up his training regiment, fixed his swing, changed his diet, or started saying his prayers and eating his vitamins more often to increase production. There's no rule against using those methods to improve one's statistical output, but it's not as tried and true as the clear or the cream.
In recent years Major league baseball has done a fantastic job of testing and monitoring players for performance enhancing drugs. For that reason we should be able to give Jose the benefit of the doubt. The drug culture has been eliminated, but the negative effects still remain. No one believes a player can put up HUGE numbers without taking something illegal.
Jose Bautista will play his entire career under a cloud of suspicion and there's nothing he can do about it. Until sports fans see a few examples of "clean" superstars in baseball the jury is still out. Please don't get caught Jose.