With today’s press conference, Jason Bay has now been introduced to the New York media and to Citi Field. So who is this man who’s supposed to be the big offensive addition to the New York Mets? Jason Raymond Bay was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2000 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos. He was traded by then-Expos GM Omar Minaya to the Mets in 2002, although he didn’t last a full season […]
I have to be honest, I didn’t think GM Omar Minaya had it in him to land Jason Bay. I was ready to chalk up the 2010 season to rebuilding and maybe finishing in fourth place, but Minaya’s pursuit and subsequent landing of Bay to play left field for the Mets and possibly bat cleanup has changed my outlook of this team. Not entirely, of course, but this is a solid move that injects a […]
When Jason Bay runs out to play left field for the Mets on Opening Day in April, he will be doing so with a #44 on his back. It is the same number he wore during his season and a half in Boston. Here’s a brief history for you on his uniform number choices. Before being traded to the Red Sox in 2008, Bay wore #38 during his tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He changed […]
While reading Joel Sherman’s latest column at the NY Post, he gave his take on what the Mets lineup would like if he were filling out the lineup card. He is operating on the assumption that the Mets will sign Bengie Molina and re-sign Carlos Delgado. If I were writing out the Mets’ lineup – especially if they land Delgado and Molina – this is what I would do: 1. Reyes. 2. Wright. 3. Beltran. […]
Jason Bay just finished his long anticipated press conference, and in doing so he wiped away all the mud and filth that sports bloggers and journalists had been flinging since the Mets made him an offer after the Winter Meetings. Last week I warned against all these baseless accusations and innuendo that were casting Jason Bay in a bad light. It’s a wacky world where bloggers think they’re reporters, and reporters would rather make news than […]
The Mets have started 2010 the right way as Jason Bay is officially a New York Met after passing a physical. Later on today the Mets will have a press conference introducing Jason Bay as the newest Met. The deal is for 4 years and is worth $66 million dollars with a vesting option for a 5th year. Some have problems with the contract but the Mets needed Jason Bay to fill that very sizable […]
Despite the ridiculous warnings of impending injuries that would be revealed during his physical, Jason Bay passed his much anticipated physical with flying colors. The anti-Bay contingency must now find another tactic to cast aspersions on this signing after failing to prove that Bay is a defensive black hole or that he had several unreported broken parts that were kept secret. What will they think of next? Luckily, the majority of us who applauded the move […]
I hope all of you had a wonderful New Years Eve and Day. It’s been such a hectic two weeks… you can count me in among those suffering from a bad case of holiday fatigue. I’m so glad we still have Saturday and Sunday to relax and unwind. Can you imagine if today were a Tuesday or Wednesday and it was back to work? Small favors. Last week while I was looking back at some older […]
Keith Law of ESPN, a disciple of advanced metrics, says that Bay’s defense will dictate whether the contract is a good one or not. Umm, really? Did Mike Piazza’s defense dictate whether his time with the Mets was good or bad too? Of course Law, a long time proponent of advanced metrics, was alluding to the debate emerging over Jason Bay’s UZR or Ultimate Zone Rating. It’s a stat that assumes how many balls a fielder […]
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