Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Player Profile: Jason Bay

I have 26 cards of Jason Bay. This one is from 2007 Topps.

Playing career: Outfielder Jason Bay made his major league debut with the Padres in 2003. He played in three games for San Diego before being traded to Pittsburgh for Brian Giles. Bay essentially replaced Giles as Pittsburgh’s one good power threat, hitting 114 HR over the next four seasons. In 2008 it was Bay’s turn to get traded to a contender, and his trade to Boston helped make him a big star, as he had a huge season with Boston in 2009, garnering a lot more press attention than he had in small-market Pittsburgh. After the 2009 season, he signed as a free agent with the Mets, and his power completely disappeared with the move to cavernous Citi Field. In his three seasons with the Mets he combined to hit 26 HR, a number he had topped in five of the six previous single seasons.

Where he is now: Bay signed with Seattle in 2013, another large-ballpark team, but was unable to re-establish himself as a quality major league hitter. In 68 games he hit just .204 with 11 HR and 20 RBI, and was released in August.

My memories: He sure seemed like a big star with Boston. I wonder if he had stayed in Boston he would still be hitting 25-30 HR a year. All you hear about the last few years is what a disappointment he has been.

Interesting facts: His sister Lauren is a two-time Olympian softball player from Canada.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Jason B, between Jason Biggs, an actor, and Jason Bourne, a book/movie character. Another prominent Jason Bay is a DJ.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jonah Bayliss.

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