* OF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) is headed for the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor recognizing his career at Gonzaga and no doubt former coach Luigi DeRosa will try and make the ceremonies. Bay went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and the Seattle Mariners during his 11-year career.
Jason Bayto be Inducted in WCC Hall of Honor
SAN BRUNO, Calif.—Former Gonzaga outfielder Jason Bay will be inducted in the WCC Hall of Honor as part of the 2015 class, as announced Thursday by the West Coast Conference office.
An outfielder who typically manned centerfield for the Zags, Bay needed just two years to leave his mark on the GU record books. His 35 home runs are still the third-most in school history, and he remains seventh on the all-time batting average list with a career mark of .374.
Bay’s first season in Spokane, his junior year in 1999, remains one of the best seasons at the plate the school has seen. He tallied 74 RBIs that year, at that point the most in school history and still the second-most in one season by a Zag. His 65 runs scored and 20 home runs are both the third-highest marks in a single season as well. He helped Gonzaga win 27 games and finish second in the conference that year, the school’s highest conference finish in the previous 10 years.
After graduation in 2000, Bay went onto have more success in professional baseball than any other Zag. He debuted with the San Diego Padres in May 2003 then went onto win National League Rookie of the Year in 2004 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bay was named to the Major League All-Star Game three times, twice with the Pirates and once with the Boston Red Sox. In total, he amassed 1,200 hits and 222 home runs in the Major Leagues, more than any other Gonzaga alum.
The native of Trail, BC, will be inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor on Saturday, March 7, at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch in Las Vegas, Nev. The class of 2015 will also be honored during a halftime ceremony during one of the WCC Basketball tournament games that weekend.
Joining Bay in the Class of 2015 is BYU’s Aleisha Cramer Rose (soccer), Loyola Marymount’s Rick Adelman (Basketball), Pacific’s Elaina Oden (volleyball), Pepperdine’s Dane Suttle (basketball), Portland’s Jim Sollars (basketball), Saint Mary’s Odell Johnson (basketball), San Diego’s Scott Thompson (basketball), San Francisco’s Jim Brovelli (basketball) and Santa Clara’s Bud Ogden (basketball).
“The West Coast Conference continues to be recognized for the great success of its athletics programs and achievements of its student-athletes, coaches and administrators,” said West Coast Conference Commissioner Lynn Holzman. “The 10 inductees in the 2015 Hall of Honor class have brought significant honor to themselves, their institutions and to the Conference. We are truly humbled to have this opportunity to salute their accomplishments.”
Bay is the first member of the Bulldogs’ baseball team to enter the WCC Hall of Honor. He joins GU basketball greats Frank Burgess, Jeff Brown, Blake Stepp and Dan Dickau, former men’s soccer player Brian Ching, and former volleyball star Kelley CunninghamSpink as Zags in the conference Hall.