Bautista went from a fringe Major Leaguer to a prolific power hitter overnight. Bautista says it was a change in his swing after coming from Pittsburgh to Toronto that turned him into one of the most feared hitters in the game. That tweak in his swing led Jose to the MLB home run crown for the second straight year (in 2010, his 54 HRs were 12 more than the next closest hitter, Pujols, the only other guy to hit 40+)..
In Your AreaBe Proud Awards 2018 (Image: Mark Waugh Manchester Press Photography Ltd)Get the biggest daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeMore newslettersThank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIt’s time for the people of Manchester to nominate their community heroes for the annual awards that recognise their passion for making Manchester a better place.The Be Proud Awards are the city’s annual celebration of the extraordinary volunteers and unsung local champions who help to make Manchester great.Now it’s time for you to nominate the individuals and groups who make a real difference in your communities, with 12 different categories to choose from.Three finalists in each category will be invited to a prestigious Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Manchester Central Convention Centre in November, where the winners will be announced and one of the category winners will also be named the overall Pride of Manchester. The work done by the person or group you are nominating must take place within the Manchester boundaries.Manchester City Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “What makes Manchester the greatest place to live, work, play and do business is its people. However, we know that sometimes, good people don’t quite realise just how much good they are doing and how greatly valued they are.”The Be Proud Awards give you the chance to show those community champions how much you appreciate their efforts by nominating them for the great work they do.”If there is an individual or group which you think deserves a moment in the spotlight, then the Be Proud Awards are the perfect way to thank them for the way in which they go the extra mile to help others.”(Image: Mike Pilkington)The award categories: Blossoming Communities For people or groups whose gardening glories or care of green spaces have changed the surroundings and lives of people who live, learn or work nearby.Bringing communities together For projects and events that have brought people together in friendship to celebrate their diverse cultures and heritageBusiness in the communityTo recognise businesses that put something back by investing time, skills and resources into their community.Clean neighbourhood For a project, an exceptional individual, or group that has worked to involve the community in keeping their neighbourhood clean for all.Community Force To acknowledge people who help make their community proud of where they live and help to make our city a peaceful, welcoming place.Community project of the year For an innovative project will have united people to recognise a problem that’s important to them and led to them working hard together to solve it.Creativity in the community This award recognises any creative project which has people at its heart from community arts, writing, reading and music, to creative use of technology or social media.Neighbour of the year For those individuals whose kindness, practical help and support make a real difference to individuals or the wider communityRecycling project of the year This award celebrates people who’ve found ways to get others recycling more; from neighbours and schools to businesses and community groups.Volunteer of year For people or groups who give their time, skills and energies to improve the lives or surroundings of others.