You did not read that wrong.
The Blue Jays have agreed to sign Jose Bautista to a one-day contract to allow him to retire a Blue Jay.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 11, 2023
I gotta be honest, I thought this happened already. Like, years ago.
Jose Bautista will sign a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in order to officially retire as a member of the club.
The announcement comes ahead of Bautista’s enshrinement into Blue Jays’ Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre on Saturday, which honours the most impactful individuals in franchise history.
“There aren’t many names as synonymous with Blue Jays baseball as José Bautista, and it is our great honour that he will officially retire in a Blue Jays jersey,” said Mark Shapiro, President & CEO, Toronto Blue Jays. “On behalf of a generation of Blue Jays fans that had the privilege of watching his clutch moments on the field and inspiring work ethic – thank you, José, for a mesmerizing decade representing the Toronto Blue Jays.”
Joey Bats should go down as one of the greatest Blue Jays to ever play the game but I think I speak for most fans when I say there are two things I think of when I hear the name Jose Bautista. The punch and the bat flip.
Also, this “The Hitman” sketch was pretty solid.
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