“I just had a bad year. I was the first to admit it as I was living it, and I’ll be the first to admit it looking back on it. For whatever reason, I never got in a rhythm at the plate, and I felt like I was swimming upstream all year trying to catch up. The next thing you know it’s July and you’re like, ‘Wow, I haven’t been able to piece anything together.’ The question is, what did you learn from it? I feel like I learned a lot…”I’m back to doing what I’ve always done…But I’m focusing on doing it better.”
~ Jason Bay, as quoted by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN
According to FanGraphs, Bill James predicts Bay will appear in 133 games and hit .267 with a .369 on base percentage with 21 home runs and 75 RBI in 2011, which I think that’s a fair expectation, and something which would be more than acceptable.
Last year was just a lost season for Bay on numerous fronts. It wasn’t just Citi Field – at times, both at home and on the road, he appeared completely confused and off-balanced at the plate, although he was a pleasant surprise defensively. He’s smart and honest with the situation, and he’ll be surrounded by new coaches presenting different philosophies and approaches, and so I expect he will make a complete adjustment, much like David Wright did in 2010.
For more on Bay and his off-season, check out ESPN.