Power Shortage

Jose Bautista reigns, but the home run isn't king

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Before 2010, Bautista hit 59 homers in six seasons. Since then he has slugged 85

When Baseball's best player sits smack in the middle of a crowded P.F. Chang's restaurant one June afternoon, you'd expect someone to badger him for an autograph. At the very least, a few curious stares would be warranted. But here is Jose Bautista, the extraordinary slugger for the Toronto Blue Jays, eating his spicy chicken without interruption. He gets through a leisurely lunch in Kansas City, Mo., where his team will face the Royals in a few hours, drawing barely a glance.

Derek Jeter, with all of three home runs this season — but 3,000-plus hits and five World Series titles...

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