In the MLB home run derby, Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has competed against likely Hall of Famers like David Ortiz, Robinson Cano and Prince Fielder.
Come Feb. 1, Bautista, who led the majors in dingers in both 2010 and 2011, will instead take aim at the Orangewood Christian (Maitland, Fla.)
high school baseball team.According to the Orlando Sentinel
, in a fundraiser event titled, "The O vs. The Pro," Bautista will compete against current Rams players, with all proceeds from the gate going to the Orangewood Christian baseball program.
The fans and players can thank assistant coach Kevin Davidson, a former Astros draftee who currently works with Bautista as a financial planner, for putting the wheels in motion.
"He loves to give time to the kids," Davidson told the Sentinel. "It is a huge thing for our boys, for Orangewood and for the local baseball community."
Field passes, on sale for $30 apiece, are already sold out. General admission tickets are still available for $15.
Davidson told the Sentinel that he hopes to raise over $15,000 from the event.
Bautista has participated in two MLB home run derby events but has yet to win, though he did finish second to Fielder in 2012.
It appears that Bautista's stiffest competition this time around will come from senior Forrest Wall
, who led Orangewood Christian in home runs last season with four.