Well it is good to see that player known as Jason Bay has finally checked into the Mets clubhouse. going into last night he has been on a hitting tear. He has three homers in about a weeks span, and his hitting is becoming more and more consistent. In the 115 games he has played so far this season his stats include a .245 batting average, 12 home runs , 56 RBIs.
These numbers are obviously a whole lot better than what he put up in last years injury shortened season. So the question that I pose is has Jason Bay made himself attractive enough so that another Major League team will be willing to take a risk on both Bay, and his bloated contract ? Will Sandy Alderson vigorously try to deal Bay, who despite being a good clubhouse guy and above average defender? Will Sandy have to either eat a big chunk of the remaining 30 odd million dollars that is still owed to Bay – or is he willing to take a chance on a high priced reclamation project such as a Chone Figgins or a Carlos Zambrano ( just examples – not suggestions).
Through the past two seasons Bay has been demonized the way we had demonized both Bonilla and Foster – with the exception that Bay has never caused any type of off-field controversy. That being said I do feel like he would thrive in a ballpark that is better suited to his hitting style.
So whether or not Bay is a Met hinges on how he finishes this season. If he remains hotand can put up some more power number, well I think he will be elsewhere next season. if not, well we will have “Bay Watch” manning the outfield for the next 2 seasons.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Spot starter/middle reliever from ’64-’65 Tom Parsons is 72 (1939).
Reserve outfielder from the ’92 team, Rodney McCray is 48 (1963). Rodney played most of the ’92 season as a defensive replacement and pinch runner for the Mets. He would collect a hit in his lone at bat for the Mets, and ended the season batting 1.000. He was released shortly after the season ended.
Mets middle reliever from ’00-’04, Grant Roberts is 34 (1977). He was drafted in the eleventh round of the ’95 draft, and soon became one of the Mets top pitching prospects. He faltered as a starter , and was converted into a middle reliever. I believe he is the only Mets player to ever publicly acknowledge being blackmailed with pictures of smoking from a bong by a groupie. He was subsequently released just before the start of the ’05 season.
The New York Mets sold the contract of middle reliever, Chuck Taylor to the Milwaukee Brewers on September 13, 1972.
The Cincinnati Reds claimed middle reliever, Pedro Martinez ( NO NOT! HIM !) of the New York Mets on waivers on September 13, 1996. This Pedro was nothing like the Pedro that we came to know and love from ’95-’98. In 5 games, The faux Pedro had a E.R.A of 6.43 in 7 innings pitched.
Mo Vaughn is pondering whether he should buy one of those small blocks of Mets ownership. The deal breaker is whether he gets his own personal Pomme Frites concession stand all to himself !!