VANCOUVER – Premier Gordon Campbell congratulated Trail native Jason Bay on being voted the National League Rookie of the Year today. Bay is the first Canadian-born player to win the annual award from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
“I know all British Columbians, especially in the great community of Trail, are proud of Jason Bay’s success, sportsmanship and commitment to excellence,” Campbell said. “It’s a reminder to all young athletes across the province that if you dream big, stay dedicated, and commit to your goals, you can make it to the top of the big leagues in whatever sport you pursue.”
The 26-year-old Bay is the first Canadian native, the first Trail native, and the first member of the Pittsburgh Pirates to be voted National League Rookie of the Year. The Pittsburgh outfielder was a member of the 1996 Canadian Junior Olympic Team and played for Canada at the 1990 Little League World Series. This season, despite missing the first month due to injury, Bay led all Major League rookies with 26 home runs – the most by a National League rookie in 37 years.
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