Sometimes, there are multiple professional athletes with the same name. I have started this category to help alleviate some of the confusion surrounding this, and to help the masses know who is who. It is one of my gifts to the world.
There have been two Jose Bautistas in the Major Leagues. The first was Jose Joaquin (Arias) Bautista, who played for the Orioles, Cubs, Giants, Tigers and Cardinals between 1988 and 1997.
The second (Jose Antonio Bautista) is still active today, and currently plays in Toronto. His career started in 2004. He is also very good at baseball.
How we know they’re different people:
Jose Antonio Bautista hit 54 home runs in 2010, leading the Major Leagues, and in 2011 is hitting .329 on July 27. Jose Joaquin Bautista, meanwhile, hit .100 with zero home runs and one RBI in his Major League Career, spread over nine seasons and 50 at-bats… he was also a pitcher.
How we’re not sure they’re different people because we’ve never seen them in the same room together:
Both were selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Baltimore Orioles, and both are from the Dominican Republic.
Clear? You’re welcome.