Bay says he's healthy, 30 HRs 'reasonable'

Jason Bay

Left Field
New York Mets


Jason Bay began his media briefing with a review of his trip to Disney World with his two daughters.

"The merry-go-round. The tea cups. You name it. It was a good start to the spring," he said.

Then he indicated he does not feel like he has anything to prove after hitting only six homers and having the first season of a four-year, $66 million deal cut short by a concussion suffered at Dodger Stadium on July 23.

"I'm not out there to try to prove anything," Bay said. "More than anything, I just want to get back to the player that I know I am. I kind of lost that a little bit last year. Like I said, I'm not out there to try to prove anybody right or wrong -- more myself to just go out there and be consistent and be the guy I'm supposed to be."

After only delivering six homers last season -- a 30-homer freefall from the previous season in Boston -- Bay was asked what a reasonable homer total is for the upcoming year.

"Every year I kind of say the same thing. ... Thirty, I think, is reasonable," he said. "Yeah, it's a big ballpark. And the number might take a hit. You look at David [Wright]. David hit near 30. It can be done. It's not so much about the home runs. It's about the overall production. For me anyway, if I'm driving in runs, I would like the home runs -- no question. But I still need to drive in runs. And even last year, with as down a year as I had ... I was still somewhat productive in my limited sample set with the RBIs."

Bay indicated the concussion is behind him. He added that he does not foresee being hesistant approaching walls.

"I've felt like that for a while," he said. "I haven't played in a game yet, but the workouts -- the intensity with which you go through -- are probably a little bit more intense than standing out on some grass for three hours, so I'm hoping it should be a non-issue."

He actually indicated whiplash with his neck was more of a factor than it being a strictly brain/concussion injury.

"A lot of it was neck-related -- whiplash in the muscles," Bay said. "You kind of treat it all the same, but once I got over some of the soreness and some of the things in my neck, my head started to feel a lot better. What I had said the whole time was I didn't have the typical 'massive headache' and 'dizziness.' I just had a constant headache. And you treat it the exact same."

As for his 2010 season before it was cut short, Bay said: "Early on things went well last year, other than the power numbers, but I was doing pretty well. All of a sudden I started changing things and trying to do a little bit too much. And pretty soon it was July."

Bay was not-so-seriously asked whether he thought he would be aligned next to Carlos Beltran or Angel Pagan in the outfield.

His response?

"I really don't know," he said. "If I had an answer, I still wouldn't have told you."