As this final week brings 2010 to a close, the five main Big League Stew staffers will take a look at the stories that captured their fancy the most.
This isn't necessarily a rundown of the biggest moments, mind you — our own Jeff Passan already did that here — just a recollection of the interesting moments that made up the year.
When the Toronto Blue Jays slugger emerged from obscurity to lead the major leagues in home runs, producing the highest total in three years, many people said he "came out of nowhere." But that isn't really true. Before 2010, he had played six seasons in the majors, four of them relatively full seasons, and all were relatively ineffective, as he'd made forgettable whistle stops with the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates. He had more than 2,000 plate appearances in the majorRead More »from My Favorite Story: Toronto's Jose Bautista hits 54 home runs