Born in Trail, B.C. in 1978, Jason Bay played for his hometown squad in the 1990 Little League World Series. A standout athlete in high school, the right-handed hitting outfielder graduated to play two years at Gonzaga University where he earned first-team All-West Coast Conference honours in his junior and senior seasons. His strong collegiate performance convinced the Montreal Expos to select him in the 22nd round of the 2000 MLB draft.
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