The Blue Jays will honor Jose Bautista

Blue Jays will honor Jose Bautista


The Toronto Blue Jays will honor Jose Bautista by adding him to their 'Level of Excellence' alumni group. 

C' is what Canada's only Major League Baseball team announced on Sunday.

Bautista will be officially inducted at a ceremony held at the Rogers Center ahead of the August 12 game against the Chicago Cubs.

“Jose Bautista won hearts and fired up our fans during his time with the team that got Toronto back to the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. His on-field accomplishments have propelled the team and he is undoubtedly a member of the Blue Jays' Level of Excellence group,” President Mark Shapiro said in a statement.

Bautista joined to the Jays in 2008, via a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played 10 seasons in a Queen City club uniform and ranks second in organizational history for home runs (288).

The man who has he 42-year-old holds the Blue Jays record for most homers in a season. He stretched his arms 54 times during the 2010 campaign.

Bautista will be the 11th former Blue Jays player to join the 'Level of Excellence' group. The other members are George Bell, Dave Stieb, Joe Carter, Cito Gaston, Tony Fernandez, Pat Gillick, Tom Cheek, Paul Beeston, Carlos Delgado, and Roy Halladay.