Bautista hit 43 home runs in 2011, two more than Curtis Granderson.
Bautista would certainly seem the logical choice to lead the majors again in 2012, if you could pick just one player.
But a reader posed an interesting question in my chat on Tuesday: Would you bet on Bautista or the field, meaning you get everyone else? There were eight other players within 10 home runs of Bautista a year ago, so the safe bet would be to take the field. I'm curious to see what percentage of readers would still bet on Bautista, thus today's poll.
The last player to lead the majors three seasons in a row in home runs? Mark McGwire from 1996 to 1998, with totals of 52, 58 and 70. Before that, it was Mike Schmidt from 1974 to 1976, with totals of 36, 38 and 38.