Getting to know Jason Bay
Jason Bay is heading into his second season with the Mets. Thanks to all the injuries many Mets fans probably don't know too much about him. Here are a few fun facts about the Mets left fielder.
By Anthony Castellano
1. LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
Bay played for Trail, British Columbia in the 1990 Little League World Series. They defeated Monterrey, Mexico, in the opening round only to lose to Taiwan the next day. Bay was 2-for-5 with three runs, two walks and one RBI.
2. CANADIAN ROOTS
Jason Bay is the sixth Canadian to play for the Mets and the first in over three decades. The other five guys are Ray Daviault (1962), Ken Mackenzie (1962-63), Tim Harkness (1963-64), Ron Taylor (1967-71, pictured above with his wife Diane) and Brian Ostrosser (1973).
3. AMERICAN CITIZEN
Bay became an American citizen in 2009 while playing for the Boston Red Sox. Coming into the 2011, Bay has 191 career homers, which is fourth best for a Canadian-born player, behind Larry Walker (383), Matt Stairs (260) and Jeff Heath (194).
4. DRAFTED BY THE EXPOS
He was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2000 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos out of Gonzaga University. Other notable players drafted ahead of Bay were Adrian Gonzalez, Rocco Baldelli, Chase Utley, Adam Wainwright, Aaron Heilman, Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee and Dontrelle Willis.
5. PLAYED FOR THE METS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES
On March 24, 2002 the Expos traded Bay along with another minor leaguer to the Mets for Lou Collier. In July of that year, the Mets traded Bay along with Bobby Jones to the Padres for Steve Reed and Jason Middlebrook. Bay would make his MLB debut for the Padres in 2003.
6. ANOTHER MET CONNECTION
Bay and former Mets pitcher Oliver Perez were traded from the Padres to the Pirates in 2003 in a three-team deal for outfielder Brian Giles.
7. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Bay was the first Rookie of the Year winner in franchise history for the Pirates. He batted .282 with 26 homers and 82 RBI in 120 games during the 2004 season. Those marks in homers and RBIs were also a franchise record for Pittsburgh by a rookie.
8. PNC PARK DOMINANCE
Bay still holds the record for the most home runs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh with 61. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2003-08. Bay hit 139 career home runs while playing for the Pirates. PNC Park opened in 2001.
9. HOMER HAPPY IN 2009
He hit a home run in four straight games with the Red Sox in 2009 from September 17-21. Bay set a career high in homers (36) and RBIs (119) while finishing 9th in the MVP voting during his contract year.
10. ALL IN THE FAMILY
Bay's younger sister, Lauren, was a pitcher on the 2004 Canadian Olympic softball team in Athens. Team Canada finished in 5th place with a record of 3-4. She also pitched for the team during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her overall record in the Olympics is 5-5 with a 1.24 ERA in 56 2/3 innings pitched.