Daniel Bautista Alcantara (born May 24, 1972 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a MLB baseball player who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is more commonly known as Danny Bautista.
Bautista was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1989. In 1993, he joined the major leagues with the Tigers. Although he hit for an average of .331 his first season as a Tiger, his power numbers there were not spectacular, and his batting average as a member of the Tigers decreased considerably over the next four seasons. In 1996, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves. He played three seasons there, but he also failed to produce good offensive numbers, his best batting abverage as a Brave being .250 in 1998.
He produced somewhat better offensive numbers as a member of the Florida Marlins in 1999, hitting for an average of .288. In 2000, he continued his improvement in offensive numbers, hitting double digits in home runs for the first, and so far only, time in his career (11), while hitting for an average of .317 after a midseason trade to the Diamondbacks. He ended that year hitting a combined season average of .283.
Bautista won a World Series championship ring when the Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees in seven games at the 2001 World Series.
It wasn't until 2004, however, that he became a household name and caught the eye of major sports-news shows (such as SportsCenter), after he embarked on a twenty one game hitting streak. This streak ended during a game in which the Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies, six to four. Bautista went hitless in two official at-bats, but he was able to bat in two runs.
Bautista had, at the end of the 2003 season, 531 hits at the major league baseball level.