34 Facts About Jason Bay


Jason Raymond Bay was born on September 20,1978 and is a Canadian-American former professional baseball left fielder.

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Jason Bay was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2004 and he won the Silver Slugger Award in 2009.

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Jason Bay is a three-time MLB All-Star and a three-time Tip O'Neill Award winner as the best Canadian baseball player.

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Jason Bay was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 22nd round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft and was assigned to the Expos' Short-Season A team in Burlington, Vermont, the Vermont Expos.

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In 2001, Jason Bay was assigned to the Expos' High Single-A team in the Florida State League, the Jupiter Hammerheads.

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Jason Bay debuted with the Padres on May 23,2003, getting his first major league hit, a home run, in the ninth inning.

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Jason Bay began the 2004 season on the disabled list due to surgery during the offseason, and did not rejoin the team until May Despite missing the beginning of the season, he still produced the best offensive numbers of any National League rookie.

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In 2005, Jason Bay was selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve outfielder.

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Jason Bay was the only player on either roster not to appear in the game.

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Jason Bay appeared in the 2005 Century 21 Home Run Derby, representing Canada in the nationality-themed contest; he was eliminated in the first round after hitting no home runs.

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Jason Bay had actually hit 10 home runs in ten games, but he had failed to hit a home run in one of the games, and hit two the next day.

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Jason Bay became the first member of the Pittsburgh Pirates voted into the All-Star game as a starter since Andy Van Slyke.

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Jason Bay had a much more productive 2008 with Pittsburgh, batting.

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Jason Bay hit his first home run with Boston the next night, against the Oakland Athletics.

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Jason Bay hit a home run in each of the first two games of the series.

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In 2009, after a strong first half that included an All-Star selection, Jason Bay went on to lead the Red Sox with a career-high 36 home runs and 119 RBI during the regular season.

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Jason Bay filed for free agency after the season, turning down the Red Sox's offer of salary arbitration.

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On December 29,2009, Jason Bay agreed to a four-year, $66 million contract with the New York Mets, which included a vesting option for a fifth year.

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On January 5,2010, Minaya and Jeff Wilpon held a press conference at Citi Field in which Jason Bay was presented with his uniform, number 44 for the Mets.

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Jason Bay suffered a concussion in a game against the Dodgers, when he ran into a fenced wall and his head jerked back.

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Jason Bay began 2011 on the disabled list with a rib injury and returned to the Mets on April 21 in a game against the Houston Astros.

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On that day, Jason Bay batted and scored in the eighth on a rare four-base error when Hunter Pence failed to catch Jason Bay's fly ball; David Wright, on first base from a walk, scored ahead of him.

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Jason Bay had a ground-rule double and scored a run in the fourth inning.

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On June 28,2011, Jason Bay hit a grand slam off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Schlereth.

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Jason Bay got off to a slow start to the 2012 season, finishing spring training with no home runs or RBI, and his regular season, which was derailed further by a broken rib suffered while making a diving catch in the April 23 game against the San Francisco Giants.

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When Jason Bay returned from the DL on June 8,2012 against the New York Yankees, he went 0-for-3 with one strikeout.

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On November 7,2012, the Mets and Jason Bay agreed to terminate their contract a year early and make the outfielder an unrestricted free agent.

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On March 31,2014, Jason Bay officially announced his retirement from professional baseball.

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Jason Bay's sister, Lauren Jason Bay Regula, is a professional softball player who pitched for Canada in the 2004 Olympics, and was on the 2008 Olympic team as well.

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Jason Bay remains friends with former NHL centre Shawn Horcoff, who was born in Trail.

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Jason Bay is close friends with Grady Sizemore, who was a groomsman at Bay's wedding.

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In Jason Bay's opening interview with the Boston media, he stated that his father was a die-hard Red Sox fan who had bought him a Red Sox onesie to wear when he was young.

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Jason Bay believed it was still in his parents' basement along with his two childhood TV room posters of Red Sox greats Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski.

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On July 2,2009, Jason Bay became a US citizen after a ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

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