Sooner or later, every professional athlete will end up questioning if they want to continue doing what they love or not. Nobody plays their sport for forever, because that’s impossible. But some stick around for a very long time, longer than most should.
When you’ve played a sport for more than half of your life, it’s tough to just walk away. There always has to be a time period where you have to sit back and think about what you want to do. Some players on the other hand know what they’re going to do and follow through with their decision.
Being on the road a lot can take some valuable time with your family. It’s a sacrifice that every athlete has to be willing to take. Veteran outfielder Jason Bay may be calling it quits soon so he can finally stay home and be with his family. Not for only a couple months before having to report to Spring Training, but for good.
Nothing is official yet, but according to Shi Davidi on Twitter, Bay says he can’t see a scenario in which he comes back to play. Which often means, ‘I’m retiring’.
Jason Bay says while he hasn’t filed any papers yet, he can’t see a scenario in which he comes back to play, so he’s essentially retiring.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) January 11, 2014
If this is infact Jason Bay’s final year in the Major’s he will finished with a career batting line of .266/.360/.481 with 222 home runs, 754 RBI’s and 1,200 hits. He’s worn five uniforms in his career, spending most of it with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2003-2008.
He’s a 3x All-Star from 2005-2006, 2009 and won NL Rookie of the Year honors in 2004. Bay also won a Silver Slugger Award in 2009.