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Jason Bay: leadoff hitter?

Mar 13, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

Jason Bay

Jason Bay is leading off for the Mariners today. It’s the second day in the row he’s done it. And Geoff Baker reports that it’s not just one of those spring training things in which a guy is at the top of the lineup in order to get a chance at an extra plate appearance. The M’s are actually considering Bay for the leadoff job.

Bay has struggled mightily the past couple of years. But really, he has shown that he knows how to take a walk in the past. And if there is no real expectation of him being a middle-of-the-order hitter again, why not see if he can’t squeeze out some walks and singles and things and contribute.


  1. blabidibla - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Somehow, I’m not feeling this.

  2. danaking - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    It may not work, but i applaud the Mariners for trying. Players–like everyone else–can get pigeonholed as being a certain type, and their careers suffer because of it. If his power is gone–and it certainly appears it is–but he can still draw a walk and hit for a decent average, the Ms can probably use a .350 – .365 OBP at the top of the orer. The fact he won’t slug .500 again shouldn’t enter into it.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Jason Bay hasn’t posted a .350-.360 OBP in three years.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      2009 Jason Bay would have been a good leadoff hitter for this team. Too bad the M’s didn’t sign that guy.

      • dondada10 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Yeah, I wish the Mariners had signed him.


        Mets Fans

  3. hushbrother - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I like it. Outside the box thinking. It’s kind of like batting Dwight Evans leadoff circa 1990.

    • albertmn - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Or, Jason Werth leading off for the Nats for a while last season.

  4. chacochicken - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Three words: intangible veteran leadership

    • frank433 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Jason Bay, not Michael Young.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        I’m with chaco – six of one, half-dozen of the other at this point.

  5. gza385 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    It doesn’t matter how patient you are at the plate if you can’t put bat on ball. You won’t be at the top of the lineup for long.

  6. coryfor3 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Jason Bay: Hitter?

  7. wolfmagic2012 - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    He’s got a hot hand in ST, so who are YOU to say he’s done? Perhaps the additional change is just what he needed.

  8. seattlenative57 - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Results: 6 ABs, 0 hits, 0 BB
    Conclusion: FAIL

  9. cowboysoldiertx - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Brian Downing did a pretty good job of leading off for the Rangers. He was a never a superstar but a good solid guy and an awesome leader.

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