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Jason Bay expected to retire

Jan 11, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

Jason Bay AP AP

We heard back in December that Jason Bay could be headed to Japan, but the veteran outfielder confirmed to Shi Davidi of 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.

Bay was released by the Mariners last August after he hit just .204/.298/.393 with 11 home runs and 20 RBI over 236 plate appearances. The 35-year-old compiled a .229/.314/.373 batting line after signing a four-year, $66 million deal with the Mets in December of 2009. The two-time All-Star will walk away from the game with a .266/.360/.481 lifetime batting line to go along with 222 home runs and 754 RBI. The Canada native won the National League Rookie of the Year Award with the Pirates in 2004.

  1. raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Happy trails.

    • nobodyimportant00 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:07 AM

      Indeed. A happy and prosperous retirement to one of baseball’s nice guys.

    • nbjays - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      I see what you did there, Raysfan. (does anyone else?) :-)

  2. scottychicago - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    hall of fame

    • raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      I assume this is sarcasm, but it’s misplaced. He will be on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2019 and will be lucky to get 1 vote. However, he was a good player who overall had a good career.

      • oldschoolnflman - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:49 AM

        Deserves it more than biggio. At least he was a top 30 player in the league for one season in his career.

  3. meatcarroll - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Oh, are you retiring from commenting on HBT?

  4. meatcarroll - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  5. meatcarroll - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  6. Andrew Chernoff - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Reblogged this on From The Outer Limits, To The Inner Depths.

  7. 13yrsmlbvet - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    One of the best people I ever worked with. Just a great guy.

  8. pastabelly - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Assuming the negatives are from Mets fans unhappy with that contract. Blame the GM and not Bay. Not his fault the Mets did that deal. I liked him in Boston, but they did the right thing in not getting into a bidding war for him.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    speaking of retirement…OLD gasser? yea its time….

    • Old Gator - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      What happened this year – your special school give up on you and send you home?

    • abaird2012 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Careful, he’s got Amentia! Could go off at any time.

  10. musketmaniac - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    why do the pirates always get the most bang for the buck

  11. plmathfoto - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    They failed to mention that this interview was done in December 2009, my career is basically over…

  12. spezzdispenser - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Canada loves Jason Bay. Good luck!

  13. chawks111 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Bay is junk. Period.

  14. sportsnut101 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    No don’t retire Jason the mets still want to know why u didn’t show up

  15. arrooo - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:49 AM


  16. arrooo - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    God awful , glad he is done.

  17. edelmanfanclub - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Diss Jay Bay all you want but sadly theres a good chance his fast production slip was likely due to lack of PEDs. I still wear my Boston #44 proud btw.

    • nobodyimportant00 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:06 AM

      Or, just possibly, those concussions. But feel free to take the lazy “lack of PED” explanation. Beats thinking or anything like looking it up.

      • edelmanfanclub - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Lazy Explanation? ll I am saying he was never accused of PEDs and there’s a good chance he hit a decline as well. He only hit over .300 in two months since 2010 and has a OBP of .301 since 2011. I understand he suffered concussions and that was likely a strong factor in his decline also going to a pitchers park like Citi Field didn’t help his cause. It’s nice to see a player have a solid career without an accusation of steroids.

  18. braxtonrob - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:30 AM

    Great LF’r, and nice guy.

  19. gibbskins9 - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Didn’t realize he was still playing

  20. benrob99 - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Bay was as classy as they come. The polar opposite of the commenters on this site.

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