Jason Bay Likely Retiring

Former star outfielder Jason Bay can't envision a situation in which he continues his playing career, and is therefore "essentially retiring," Shi Davidi of SportsNet.ca tweets. Last month, it appeared that Bay might play in Japan, but Davidi says Bay decided against it in favor of spending more time with his family.

Bay, who is 35, will end his career with a .266/.360/.481 line and 222 home runs in parts of 11 seasons. He was traded three times (the last of them a high-profile trade that sent Brian Giles to the Padres) before he won the NL Rookie of the Year award with the Pirates in 2004. He replaced Giles as the Bucs' biggest star until 2008, when the Pirates dealt him to the Red Sox in the three-team Manny Ramirez trade that also involved the Dodgers.

After spending the rest of 2008 and 2009 hitting well in Boston, Bay signed a four-year, $66MM contract with the Mets. That deal quickly became a debacle for the team, leading Bay and the Mets to come to an unusual agreement in which the contract was terminated early and Bay became a free agent. From there, Bay signed a one-year deal with the Mariners, who released him in August after he hit .204/.298/.393.


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1 year 6 months ago

He has way too much talent to retire. He just needs to find the right team and maybe get on a minor league contract and work his way back up.

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 6 months ago

You must be a relative to Jason Bay. The guy has been done for years. The one positive I can say about Jason is that he didn’t let his poor play and the boos affect his professionalism. Jason worked very hard to try to figure it what was going wrong in New York, and it just never really came to him. I do think he tried his best, and it had to be beyond frustrating for him with how his career has ended. Nevertheless, Jason had a solid career. He is one of the few, perhaps the only, that I truly felt bad for while making millions for playing poorly.

JJ
1 year 6 months ago

Boston are so lucky for not signing him to a long term contract after a great 2009 season.

Michael
1 year 6 months ago

Maybe, maybe not. Jason Bay and Fenway Park were like a marriage. When Bay strayed, he wasn’t going to put up the numbers he had with Boston. Except for Cecil Cooper, I can’t think of too many hitters who prospered by leaving the Red Sox.

Leonard Washington
1 year 6 months ago

There was that hitter…..he was ok……Babe……Babe Ruth I think??

WazBazbo
1 year 6 months ago

Though he was primarily a pitcher when the Sox sold him…

Michael Stevens
1 year 6 months ago

He was the greatest hitter of the age. His position was pitcher, but he was always a hitter. Read a little history

WazBazbo
1 year 6 months ago

I’m very well aware of the history of baseball. and of Babe Ruth in particular. My comment, please notice, is in regard to a sub-thread talking about hitters who left Fenway park and then prospered; Babe Ruth was mentioned, which is why I mentioned that, at the time he was sold (ie, “left Fenway”) he was primarily a pitcher, so may or may not count in the discussion. Discussion is good. So are manners.

hennessey
1 year 6 months ago

Beltre???

Eric Foley
1 year 6 months ago

He was a great fit in Boston. You can say he would’ve had the same issues in Boston. He was an instant fan favorite and the ballpark played to his advantage. He made a bad decision leaving but after all, he got a bigger pay day with the Mets. I think he would’ve been good in Boston.

Ryan Graywacz
1 year 6 months ago

It’s almost too bad. He was solid in Boston. Shea/Citi really hurt his power and then he never stayed healthy to be productive.

Tyler Young
1 year 6 months ago

Never played at Shea, but your point stands

Tyler Young
1 year 6 months ago

Never played at Shea, but I get what you’re saying.

Michael Stevens
1 year 6 months ago

His health concerns were the reason why the Sox did not sign him. He would not sign an “injury clause” for the contract (pretty standard for the Sox).

MVmet
1 year 6 months ago

The Mets payed his way to easy street..lol

1 year 6 months ago

Pirates fans: “Thanks for everything, Jason Bay!”
Red Sox fans: “Thanks for one and a half successful seasons, Jason Bay!”
Mets fans: “He’s a witch! Get him!”

Marcus
1 year 6 months ago

A witch? That joke was almost good.

Justin Anthony
1 year 6 months ago

Jason Bay has been retired for the past 4 years

chicothekid
1 year 6 months ago

Yeah, that was sure nice of him to wait until that big contract expired before he officially retired though.

JamieFC
1 year 6 months ago

You’d have to be an idiot to walk away from free money. Anyone would have done it.

hennessey
1 year 6 months ago

He played left field in Seattle just last year?

jury_rigger
1 year 6 months ago

Should have happened ages ago

HobokenMetsFan
1 year 6 months ago

Wish Bay the best moving forward. Tough way to end a career for sure, and hope that there aren’t any lasting effects from his concussions. Dude was always a hustler no matter what and always addressed the media with poise.

greggofboken
1 year 6 months ago

Agreed. Bay dealt with adversity, animosity, and his own dismay and disappointment at his production with candor and class. He never ducked the criticism nor questioned the harshness of the spotlight he was under. Peformance: F. Character: A.

KJ4realz
1 year 6 months ago

Performance F?

He posted over an .800 OPS for his career and that’s with a couple really good years and a couple really really bad years. He’s more of a C+ in performance

Leonard Washington
1 year 6 months ago

He meant during his time with the Mets not his entire career. Bay was a solid player until he went to NY.

greggofboken
1 year 6 months ago

Thanks. Correct. I was speaking of his time in NY. I should have clarified.

KJ4realz
1 year 6 months ago

Well in that case, F is being generous :)

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

The slide downhill was as overnight and dramatic as it was for Tony Armas, power wise that is, as well as career wise which is the single attribute both of those had. Armas had a leg injury, running around second base as remember.. He passed 2nd, then turned to retreat, pulled up short and went on the DL in August, but never was the same again when he came after returning from that Hammy injury. Yeah, it’s strange.. Coincidence or whatever, yet Armas was power + for over a decade up to that moment.

Bay went to the Mets and almost immediately got hurt and was never the same, yet was the same type of 1 dimensional player. Nick Esasky in a way, just not the longevity of those 2 and he had vision problems, equilibrium. Forget the name of it right away.

1 year 6 months ago

I believe Esasky had Vertigo.

Rocco Schirripa
1 year 6 months ago

don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya

Junior7188
1 year 6 months ago

Jason Bay still has a chance, he should not give up, plus this should not be the way he ends his career, it should end in a high note. there will be teams wanting to give him a chance. i think teams like houston, royles, twins, and padres should give him a chance, you never know.

Zoe
1 year 6 months ago

if he gets another chance he will still fail

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

Well, he could join the Magnificent Seven (Plus 1 =’s 8) that’s competing for the Orioles left field position. I mean it couldn’t hurt.

Lucas Kschischang
1 year 6 months ago

Concussions are awful.

Zoe
1 year 6 months ago

What a waste of talent

Homeruntrot
1 year 6 months ago

I remember when he and Matt Holliday were on the FA market together and a TON of people were bashing the cardinals for over paying Holliday, saying they should have signed Bay instead. Typical example of how little we fans actually understand the reality of the business.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 6 months ago

Absolutely false. The Mets signed Jason Bay that year didn’t they? And they are in the “reality of the business.” So you can’t say fans know little about a player or who deserves a contract and that people in baseball know more when it was in fact a Major League Baseball team who made the same mistake fans were claiming they would make if given the choice. Hindsight is 20/20 but in no way does it dictate the pro’s and con’s of being a fan and wanting a player signed.

Homeruntrot
1 year 6 months ago

My point is that there are no slam dunk FA signings like most fans would have you believe. Sure, the Mets signed him, but can any one of us actually say for sure how much NY was engaged with Holliday before they made the decision to sign Bay? Was Bay actually their top choice? The fans I’m talking about are the ones that held Bay much higher than Holliday. I’m talking these two players specifically, then using them as an example of how we fans don’t have all the information that the actual business people do.

1 year 6 months ago

Most Met fans we upset we didn’t get Holliday at the time. He was the better player.

omavricko
1 year 6 months ago

Offensive Jeff Weaver

Marcus
1 year 6 months ago

That’s what happens when you sign as a free agent with the Mets.

LazerTown
1 year 6 months ago

And in 5 years he is visiting Cooperstown?

Real_American78
1 year 6 months ago

if he buys a ticket

Jeff Weissbuch
1 year 6 months ago

As a paying vistor

eedwards027
1 year 6 months ago

Bay was actually traded 4 times

NickinIthaca
1 year 6 months ago

I believe the three times cited above were before he joined the big leagues…

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Bays complete collapse after leaving the Red Sox leads me to only 1 conclusion best left unsaid. Almost every HR he hit for the Red Sox was a bomb and out in any park. he goes to the Mets and then looks like a college player with no power.

alphabet_soup5
1 year 6 months ago

Of all of Bay’s 2013 homers, only 1 would not have been a homer in Fenway. Google “home run distance” sometime, it’s not cool to accuse players of juicing with no evidence.

Derpy
1 year 6 months ago

He suffered a horrible concussion and was never able to recover. Serious head injuries are nothing to joke about.

KJ4realz
1 year 6 months ago

Alphabetsoup made a good point with homerun distance, but I also believe going to a bigger park could’ve effected his psyche. David Wright has a terrible power year in Citis first year.

Adrian Beltre was horrendous in Seattle (home run distance would be another good research for Beltre here too) but has done well in every other team he was on.

Power numbers can diminish in big parks and it could possibly mess with players pressing and changing approaches

Cosmo3
1 year 6 months ago

Very good point; in reality this was likely the biggest factor in his sharp decline.

WazBazbo
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t always agree with you, but I generally respect your opinion. This one is an exception, I’m afraid.

1 year 6 months ago

I hear you, but in truth… I think it was the blows to the head that did it. I watched him every game; he couldn’t make contact and looked dazed trying.