Jason Bay: 7 Reasons Why the New York Mets Must Send Him Down to AAA Buffalo

Michael BaltonCorrespondent IJune 14, 2011

Jason Bay: 7 Reasons Why the New York Mets Must Send Him Down to AAA Buffalo

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets looks on against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 2, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 9-8.  (Photo by Jim McIsaa
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    Let’s can all the happy talk that says, “Jason Bay is a really nice guy.”

    Instead, let’s consider the New York Mets’ slugless slugger from the perspective of the box score. It shows that Jason has been naughty, not nice.

    In fact, the statistics clearly indicate that Jason Bay needs a one-way ticket to Buffalo. There, he can be assigned to play left field for the Bisons, the New York Mets‘ AAA farm team.

    It may sound absurd to suggest sending a $66 million player down to the minor leagues, but it would be more absurd to keep him in the Mets lineup. Here are seven reasons why.

1. Down for the Count

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    LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 16:  Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico sits on the mat as referee Kenny Bayless counts as Israel Vazquez waits in the corner in the 10th round during their WBC super bantamweight titile fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 16, 2006
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    With over a third of the season gone, Jason Bay is batting .207 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Projections indicate he will end the year with a .207 average, five home runs and 27 RBI.

    Those are not the numbers you’d expect from a player who’s being paid over $18 million this year to be the team’s power hitter.

2. Bay Is a Natural Born Rally Killer

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    Again, you can look at the numbers. Bay is hitting .158 with runners in scoring position. His favorite response to an opportunity to drive in a run is the strikeout.

    They don’t keep official stats on rallies killed, but if they did, Jason Bay would be leading the league in this category.

3. Bay‘s Replacements Have Performed Well

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05:  Jason Pridie #20 of the New York Mets slides home safely for a second inning run against the Atlanta Braves on June 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/
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    To his credit, Mets manager Terry Collins has been benching Bay on occasion. When he has, Bay’s replacements have delivered game-winning performances at the plate. 

    These are games that most likely would’ve been lost if K-Bay had been in the batting order.

4. He Needs to Face Pitching That He Can Handle

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 09:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets hits a soft grounder as catcher Chris Iannetta #20 of the Colorado Rockies backs up the plate as Bay was safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Ian Stewart #9 of the Colorado Rockies as
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    Watch closely. Bay looks like a lost little boy when he’s up at the plate. Clearly, major league pitching is perplexing and overpowering him.

    Perhaps a few months of swinging against minor-league arms will help him get his groove back.

5. He Sets a Bad Example

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    MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 8: Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets argues with umpire Bruce Dreckman #1 after a third strike call during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 8, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Ima
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    Terry Collins has done an incredible job maintaining the morale of a team beset with an unprecedented number of injuries and a fiscally incompetent owner.

    But morale is a fragile commodity that easily crumbles when one player is given special treatment. Anyone but Bay would have been sent down to the minors weeks ago. Yet he’s still here, stinking up the show while pocketing millions. It’s not fair to the other players, and they know it, even though they might not say it.

6. Bay Has Blown Every Opportunity to Succeed

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    NEW YORK - MAY 22:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets looks down after grounding out against the New York Yankees on May 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeat the Mets 9-3. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    With two other power hitters out injured, Jason Bay has the perfect opportunity to step up into a leadership position by picking up the slack, but he appears uninspired.

    Contrast that with how veterans Carlos Beltran and José Reyes have responded, and you can see what separates the pros from the boys.

7. He’s Costing the Mets Much More Than $66 Million

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets celebrates hitting an inside the park home run in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Citi Field on April 21, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City
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    The Mets have lost a lot of close ballgames this year. Imagine what their record could be if their power hitter had come through with a couple of home runs or an RBI here and there to flip those scores in the Mets’ favor.

    Instead, every time he steps up to the plate, Jason Bay is a reminder of the Mets’ lack of power, their financial problems and their owner’s incompetence.

    That’s no way to sell tickets at Citi Field—and it might be the biggest reason why Bay should become a Buffalo Bison, the sooner the better.