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10:21 AM ET 01.12 | We heard back in December that Jason Bay could be headed to Japan, but the veteran outfielder confirmed to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca today that his playing career is basically over. Bay hasn't filed any official papers yet, but he told Davidi that he can't see a scenario where he will come back. While he was intrigued by the possibility of playing in Japan, he feels like this is a good opportunity to focus on his family.

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January 12, 2014  10:32 AM ET

One thing you can say about Bay's career, he had a good agent in fooling both the Red Sox and the Mets he was a good great hitter, but his production prove both where wrong.

January 12, 2014  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

One thing you can say about Bay's career, he had a good agent in fooling both the Red Sox and the Mets he was a good great hitter, but his production prove both where wrong.

He was a great run producer with Boston. He had a career OPS over .900 until he went to the Mets. Boston was not fooled in the least. They received very high returns for their investment in Bay. Something happened in NY that destroyed an All-star middle of the order hitter.

January 12, 2014  11:03 AM ET

I liked Bay when he played for Pittsburgh, he was a nice guy, decent glove but he just never was that great a hitter. When he went to Boston, no one was looking at him to carry the team like they were in Pittsburgh. With the pressure off he did really well, but when he went to New York I think the pressure came on again and he couldn't handle it.

January 12, 2014  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

One thing you can say about Bay's career, he had a good agent in fooling both the Red Sox and the Mets he was a good great hitter, but his production prove both where wrong.

How did he fool the Red Sox? He had the most productive season of his career with them in '09.' They obviously knew something that the Mets didn't about his impending statistical decline by not signing him.

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January 12, 2014  02:58 PM ET
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How did he fool the Red Sox? He had the most productive season of his career with them in '09.' They obviously knew something that the Mets didn't about his impending statistical decline by not signing him.

My thoughts as well.
The fact that they didn't chase him with a fat contract, a la The Mets, indicates no one in Beantown was fooled.

January 12, 2014  04:50 PM ET
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I liked Bay when he played for Pittsburgh, he was a nice guy, decent glove but he just never was that great a hitter. When he went to Boston, no one was looking at him to carry the team like they were in Pittsburgh. With the pressure off he did really well, but when he went to New York I think the pressure came on again and he couldn't handle it.

Bay had two straight seasons for the Pirates with 30+ HRs, 100+ run and RBI, .400ish OBPs, and BAs just one either side of .300 . Jason then destroyed his knee and had a poor season, but came back to have two more years for Pitt/Boston that were close to the seasons I described above at the plate. I think Boston must have known that there was some physical ticking time bomb with him or that he already had an injury, because they didn't pursue him strongly as a FA and the Mets were left holding the bag when Bay fell apart.
Bay has always been a good base stealer, even after he lost much of his speed, and has 95 steals and has only been caught 17 times...take away one anomalous bad year from early in his career where he only went 4 for 10 on steals and he's 91 for 102, over 89% for a success rate.

January 12, 2014  04:51 PM ET

many a career has been killed by the new york mets..... bay would not be the first.

January 12, 2014  05:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

One thing you can say about Bay's career, he had a good agent in fooling both the Red Sox and the Mets he was a good great hitter, but his production prove both where wrong.

Bay should go back to the pirates if he really wants to continue playing the game!

January 12, 2014  05:45 PM ET
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How did he fool the Red Sox? He had the most productive season of his career with them in '09.' They obviously knew something that the Mets didn't about his impending statistical decline by not signing him.

Citi Field killed Jason Bay.

 
January 12, 2014  09:32 PM ET

He's been retired the last 4 Years, he just didn't know it!!!!

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