Mariners Sign Northwest Native Jason Bay

Jason Bay at the plate during the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis. (Getty Images)

Jason Bay at the plate during the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis. (Getty Images)

The Mariners officially announced the signing of free agent outfielder Jason Bay today to a one-year contract. For those not familiar with Bay, this is a homecoming of sorts. The three-time All-Star is a Northwest native who was raised in Trail, British Columbia, Canada (130 miles North of Spokane) and was a standout at Gonzaga University in 1999-2000. Bay currently resides in Kirkland, so his commute to work will be pretty easy across the 520 or I-90

Here are some of the notable career highlights for Bay:

Career Highlights:

  • From 2004-2009, combined to bat .280 (902×3226) with 389 extra base hits (2B – 186, 3B – 22, HR – 181) and 596 RBI…his .894 OPS (.519 SLG, .375 OBP) ranked 6th among all Major League outfielders during that stretch.
  • In 2009 with Boston, led all Major League outfielders with 119 RBI and tied for the lead with 36 home runs (Werth).
  • Is a three-time All-Star, and led all AL outfielders with 4,087,450 votes in 2009.
  • Earned National League Player of the Week 5 times during his career (last: Sept. 5-11, 2011).
  • Owns a career .988 fielding percentage with 66 outfield assists…played exclusively in the outfield during his career (LF – 1170 G/1129 GS, CF – 40 G/37 GS, RF – 1 G/GS).
  • Appeared in 14 postseason games with the Red Sox in 2008-09, batting .306 (15×49) with 3 HR and 9 RBI.
  • Was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2003 trade for Brian Giles, along with current Mariners LHP Oliver Perez.
  • Won the West Coast Conference batting title as a senior at Gonzaga in 2000 after batting .388 with 15 home runs…also ranks 3rd in Gonzaga history with 35 home runs despite playing just two seasons (1999-2000).
  • Played for Canada in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic combining to bat .467 (7×15) in 5 games.
  • Ranks 3rd among Canadian born Major Leaguers with 211 career home runs (Larry Walker – 383, Matt Stairs – 259).
  • Played in the 1990 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.
  • Started the Ronald McDonald “Jason Bay Family Fund” in 2004.

And here is the news release we sent out today:

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