Former Zag Jason Bay to Enter Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Hit .374 with 35 HRs in two years at GU, 11-year MLB career

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SPOKANE, Wash.— Former Gonzaga baseball standout Jason Bay to be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, the organization announced this week.

Bay will be inducted on June 15 in St. Marys, Ontario, at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with pitcher Ryan Dempster, coach Rob Thomson and executive Gord Ash.

"It was a very pleasant and somewhat unexpected surprise to get that call from the Canadian Hall of Fame," said Bay. "I'm proud and honored to be recognized with great people who have helped build baseball in Canada in various ways, to the elite level it has become. I'm looking forward to it!"

The former Bulldog centerfielder had a strong 11-year MLB career with stops in San Diego, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York and Seattle. His best season came in 2004 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he hit 26 homeruns with a .282 batting average. This earned Bay the National League Rookie of the Year award, the only Canadian to earn the honor. Bay was named to the Major League All-Star game three times in his career, twice with the Pirates and once with the Boston Red Sox. Throughout his career, he collected 1,200 hits and 222 home runs, the most of any Gonzaga alum.

In his two years as a Zag from 1999-2000, Bay hit 35 career home runs, which ranks third-most in school history and remains seventh on the all-time batting average list with a mark of .374. Bay also ranks second all-time with 74 RBIs in the 1999 season, where he also hit 20 home runs and scored 65 runs. In 2015, Bay became the first Gonzaga baseball player to be inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor.

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