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Pittsburgh Pirates Rookie Jason Bay Played for Canada in 1990 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 28, 2004) – Rookie Jason Bay of the Pittsburgh Pirates is the first Canadian Little Leaguer to play in the Little League Baseball World Series and play Major League Baseball. He is the 26th Little League Baseball World Series participant to reach the major leagues.

Jason Bay, fifth from the left in the front row, is shown in this team photo of the Canadian Region champions, taken prior to the 1990 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport. Jason plays left field for the Pittsburgh Pirates and is a frontrunner for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Mr. Bay is from Trail, British Columbia, and as an 11-year-old, he played center field for Trail Little League in the 1990 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport. In the World Series, Jason was 2-for-5 for the Canadian Region champions, with two walks, three runs scored, and one run batted in. The Canadian team finished 1-1 in that year’s World Series tournament.

In his first full major league season, Mr. Bay is a frontrunner for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The Pirates’ outfielder made his major league debut in 2003 with the San Diego Padres.

Mr. Bay was traded from San Diego to Pittsburgh in Sept. 2003. This season, the Pirates’ left fielder is leading all major league rookies with a .315 batting average, 44 runs batted in, 13 home runs, and a slugging percentage of .630 through 58 games. He also has two eight RBI games in his major league career.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame also honored Bay, naming him the winner of the 2004 James (Tip) O’Neill Award. The award is presented annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution, while adhering to the highest ideals of the game of baseball.

Before signing to play professional baseball, Jason played for the 1996 Canadian junior national team and was a standout at Gonzaga University, where he won the West Coast Conference batting title as a senior. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2000. Mr. Bay is a graduate of J. Lloyd Crow Secondary School in Trail, BC.