Big Read: Is Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista really a villain?
ong before he flipped his bat, Jose Bautista was known around baseball as a demonstrative player. Major-league umpires had exchanged enough words and glances with him to form their opinions, and Darren O’Day already knew from experience that Bautista wouldn’t hesitate to enjoy a well-timed homer. With two home-run titles and six all-star appearances before he got his first taste of the playoffs, Bautista was a bona fide superstar. But his style of play rankled some observers and the volume of overt criticism surged when...