With the migration of our favorite (former) Canadian, Jason Bay, to the Mets, which is still a move that I think will leave Mets fans holding their junk for the next five years, Our friend Kerel Cooper at On the Black asked for some info on the palefaced wonder. Of course, I was more than willing to share all of the reasons that the Mets would have been much better suited to signing Chone Figgins (before the Mariners gobbled him up) or another speed and defense guy as opposed to more right handed power that has trouble getting to balls in the gap.
Here’s a snippet of the “interview:”
Question: What’s the reaction from Boston fans (including you) on Bay signing with the Mets?
Answer: Bay is a terrific player and a class act. The Sox obviously saw something in him that made them believe that he would not be a $ 15 million player at age 36 and didn’t want to include the fifth year of the deal. We are very happy with his move to the Mets because it takes him out of our path to the World Series and most of us who were paying attention for the past month or so knew he wasn’t coming back here.
Question: A lot has been made of Jason Bay being a defensive liability. Especially as he moves to a big park like Citi Field. As someone who watched him all of last summer, can you give some insight into he defensive liabilities?
Answer: Jason Bay is not a hugely awful defensive player, but he is not a great one. He was an upgrade over Manny, but that’s not a huge challenge. Mostly he will suffer in a ballpark with massive gaps like Citi Field, and he doesn’t always take the best path to the ball. In a left field the size of most new yorkers’ studio apartments (Fenway Park LF) this wasn’t a huge deal, but when we were on the road last summer it was pretty apparent.
Question: What’s the strongest part of Bay’s game?
Answer: Bay is a right handed power hitter. He is at his best when people are throwing him fastballs which he hammers with the best of them. Sliders down and away are another story and a large reason for his 162 ks last year.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of Kerel’s work and the interview at OnTheBlack.com. He knows his stuff and (for a Mets fan) has a great perspective on whats going on in the world of baseball. No matter how much the Sox have planned for the rest of the winter, nothing is likely to go down for the next few days, what with Fenway being used by some second rate league tomorrow.
It’s snowing, which means that tonight is going to be interesting travel, though I shouldn’t mind, based on the amount of fine locally brewed frost beverages I plan to consume. Be safe out there yourself and happy f#$%ing New Year.