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Jason Bay's regression sudden, dramatic

Jason Bay's regression sudden, dramatic

In 2006, Jason Bay was clearly the offensive star of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Of the eight players with 300 or more plate appearances, he ranked first in OBP, SLG, OPS, home runs and walks. He was third in batting average and second in doubles. The Pirates spent the offseason focusing almost exclusively on finding a power bat to take some of the offensive pressure off of Bay, finally acquiring Adam LaRoche in January. That filled a major hole in the Pittsburgh lineup, but still left the team with many offensive question marks. The one player that seemed dependable was Jason Bay in leftfield.
However, 2007 has not gone as expected. Bay was hitting .312/.382/.540 on June 3 when things suddenly fell apart. Among eight Pirates that currently have 300 or more plate appearances, Bay is eighth in batting average, seventh in OBP and OPS, and sixth in SLG. He is fifth in doubles, second in walks and tied for first in home runs. Remarkably, Jason Bay has been the least productive regular...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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