Jason Bay Finds His Stroke

Jason Bay might yet earn that fat paycheck.

If he does, it won’t be while wearing a Mets uniform, of course.

Bay homered and walked twice in his first spring training game with the Mariners, prompting a MLB.com homepage headline of:

Jason Bay Feels He’s Re-found His Stroke

From the article:

Asked if he’d shortened his swing, Bay said he’s just finally regained the feeling he had at the plate earlier in his career before his struggles began.

“I don’t think I’ve shortened it. I’ve kind of re-found it,” Bay said. “I struggled for a while and it was more of trying to find something. I tried a million things, just trying to save face, and nothing was working. I got so far away from doing what I’d done before that I forgot how to do it.

“So, the last part of last year and all offseason and the week I’ve been here, it’s trying to get my rhythm back to what I’ve always done. So what may appear a little bit different from the last couple years is probably what it looked like three, four years ago. It’s kind of engraining that again.”

Or maybe it’s just something about that dry air in Arizona.

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