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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

No Respect for JASON BAY!


JUNE 7 UPDATE BELOW!

MLB released the first balloting results for the 2006 All-Star game yesterday. Incidentally, the game will take place in Pittsburgh on July 11. Yet one quick look at the voting results for NL Outfielders and Jason Bay is nowhere to be found. He hasn't even cracked the top 15!!! Somehow the Cardinals So Taguchi (.283, 1 HR, 17 RBI) and Juan Encarnacion (.249, 7 HR, 24 RBI) have managed to rack up more votes. Well done Cards fans. Juan Pierre (another guy playing poorly) rounds out the top 15 with 134,527 votes.

So let me get this straight. Jason Bay, who admittedly was having a subpar season until he EXPLODED FOR 10 homers in 10 games, can't get enough votes even though his own team's city will be hosting the All-Star festivities. That's brutal. Shucks, he's only been one of the best outfielders in the game since the beginning of 2005.

I realize Pittsburgh is a smallish market that doesn't get much national attention. The team is already out of the playoff race thanks to a 18-34 record, but come on. If you play fantasy baseball, you will likely know how valuable a player like Bay is. He is even more valuable to his own team. He is the classic 'Good Player on a Bad Team'.

Example: In a recent three game series against the Diamondbacks, Bay hit 4 homeruns while going 6 for 12 with 6 RBI. The Pirates were still swept.

I know it's early in the voting, so I just hope Bay gets the respect he deserves. I'm assuming he will make the All-Star game as a reserve anyway (as he did last year, although he never got into the game) since each team requires a representative.

For those of you who aren't too familiar with J-Bay, here are his stats through May 30 (52 games).

.303, 16 HR, 45 RBI, 38 Runs, 5 SB, .425 OBP, 1.021 OPS

2005 (162 games, 599 AB) .306, 32 HR, 101 RBI, 110 Runs, 21 SB in 22 attempts, .402 OBP, .961 OPS

The 2004 rookie of the year.

The pride of Trail, British Columbia, CANADA.


ALL-STAR GAME VOTING UPDATE - JUNE 7:

Well, it seems some people have taken notice of Jason Bay's solid play, most likely because of the attention he had received lately due to his ridiculous homerun streak and great play (also the NL Player Of The Month for May).

Bay finds himself in the 9th spot (255,226 votes) amongst NL outfielders in voting. Although still too low in my opinion, he is rising after not even making the top 15 a week ago. Somehow Andruw Jones (certainly a very good overall player) is more than 300,000 votes ahead. I suppose name recognition and playing for a good team in a larger market has a big impact on how fans vote.

J-Bay has continued his strong play since I first posted on May 31.

Season Totals (60 Games): .311, 18 HR, 49 RBI, 43 Runs, 46 BB, 5 SB