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Photo: Toronto’s Jose Bautista shrinks to pre-adolescent size

Everybody knows that, after a meandering start to his baseball career, slugger Jose Bautista(notes) found his groove in his late 20s and became a star with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Well, the young Jays fan pictured above has no such interest in waiting that long. Curtis Hopkins knows who he is, and probably without having reached puberty yet.

He's Joey Minibats!

Baby J-Bau!

Li'l Jose Bautista!

Whatever you call him — and Dustin Parkes of Getting Blanked has gone with "Li'l Bautista" — young Hopkins has perfectly patented the Bautista look. From the reflecting shades, to the million-dollar hobo facial hair, to the batting gloves. (Gotta have the batting gloves.)

And I'm pulling for Hopkins on the upcoming season of "Bambinos and Ballplayers." Li'l Ron Washington was so 2010!

Check below for a side-by-side comparison of Bautisti:

Photo: Toronto’s Jose Bautista shrinks to pre-adolescent size

Striking. It ought to be hottest costume in Toronto come Canadian Halloween this September (that's a joke).

It might be even cooler if it's not a young man dressed as Joey Bats, but instead a clone. The Blue Jays could use a left fielder, first baseman and DH who can slug like Bautista, who has hit 78 homers since the start of the 2010 season.

Even cooler: If somehow Bautista sent a message to his past self in order to put his career on an All-Star path sooner, and then Young Bautista came forward in time to get some batting tips from Mature Bautista.

One, two, three, leg kick! One, two, three, leg kick!

Then he could be sent back in time, and be doing this for the Pirates! Keep checking Baseball-Reference for "updates" on the 2005 Bucs.

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