*Jason Raymond Bay’ was born on September 20, 1978 in Trail, British Columbia, Canada. He plays left field for the Boston Red Sox.CollegeJason attended Gonzaga University.*Minor Leagues’Jason was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 22nd round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft and began his march through the Expos’ farm system.
He was traded to the New York Mets on March 24, 2002, for Lou Collier. The Mets then sent him to the San Diego Padres for Steve Reed at the 2002 trading deadline.
*Major Leagues‘San Diego PadresJason made his major league debut with the Padres on May 23, 2003, getting his first major league hit, a home run, in the 9th inning. Two days later, he suffered a broken right wrist after a hit by pitch.*Pittsburgh Pirates’On August 26, 2003, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, along with Óliver Pérez and Cory Stewart in August in exchange for Brian Giles. He finished the season with a .287 batting average, four home runs, and 14 RBI in 30 games.
He began the 2004 season on the disabled list, recovering from surgery during the off-season. He joined the team in May, and ended up being chosen as the National League Rookie of the year, the first Canadian player to win the award.
In 2005, he was selected to his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a reserve outfielder. He was the only player on either roster not to appear in the game at all.
Boston Red SoxOn July 31, 2008, Jason was traded to the Boston Red Sox in a three-team deal that sent Manny Ramírez to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Dodgers and Brandon Moss and Craig Hansen to the Pirates from the Red Sox.
Since arriving at the Red Sox, Jason has been extremely productive, and has become popular with the fans.
PersonalJason and his wife, Kristen, have one daughter, Addison, who was born in late 2006.
His sister, Lauren Bay Regula, is a professional softball player who pitched for Canada in the 2004 Olympics, and is on the 2008 Olympic team as well.