Jose Bautista has twice in Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby and lost, so he's apparently trying his luck against a bunch of high school kids.
On Feb. 1, MLB's 2010 and 2011 regular-season home run champion will take on Orangewood Christian School on their turf in Maitland, Fla., in an exhibition event dubbed "The O vs. The Pro," according to the Orlando Sentinel (h/t MaxPreps).
"He loves to give time to the kids," OCS coach Kevin Davidson told the Sentinel. "It is a huge thing for our boys, for Orangewood and for the local baseball community."
A former Astros draft pick, Davidson reportedly serves as a financial planner for Bautista and convinced the Toronto Blue Jays outfielder to accept the challenge. A few hundred tickets remain, as Davidson expects to raise more than $15,000 for his program.
Since 2004, Bautista has belted 211 home runs, including 152 over his past four All-Star seasons and league-leading seasons of 54 in 2010 and 43 in 2011. After getting bumped in the first round of the 2011 Home Run Derby, he finished second to Prince Fielder in 2012.
Meanwhile, Orangewood Christian hit 11 home runs all of last season, led by current senior shortstop Forrest Wall's three. Only two other returning members from the Rams' 2013 squad -- seniors Jason Cryar and Mark Angelo -- deposited balls over the fence.
Something tells me the are in Bautista's favor. As long as he doesn't show up like this.
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