Andy Martino of the Daily News, spoke with Jason Bay and over the weekend and the Mets’ $66 million left-fielder sees a return to his 30-homer seasons despite his struggles the last two years.
Now 33, Bay believes his troubles are not related to age or mechanics and attributes the problems to overthinking.
“All those years I did well, I never worried about what I was doing,” says the 2004 NL Rookie of the Year, and three-time All-Star.
“There were good days, and there were bad days, and that was that. But I never analyzed. (The past two years), I over-analyzed everything. I was trying to make everything perfect. My hands here, my feet here; I wasn’t really a hitter. I was trying to make myself into a robot.”
Bay believes that he resolved his issues toward the end of last season and points to his hot finish in September. He told hitting coach Dave Hudgens, “F— it, I’m scrapping everything, and I’m just going to swing. I’m just going to stand up there, hold the bat and swing.”