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Bay Making Bid for Rookie Honors

As we get set for the second half of the Major League baseball season to get under way the Pirates might have a player who is ready to accomplish something that no Pirate player has done. Outfielder Jason Bay has emerged as a legitimate candidate for the National League Rookie-Of-The-Year award. No Pirates player has captured that honor since the award began in 1947.

Bay has 10 home runs and 35 RBI at the All-Star break and his .374 on-base percentage and .618 slugging percentage are tops among all NL rookies. Bay was part of the trade with San Diego that sent popular and productive outfielder Brian Giles to the Padres. Bay came to Pittsburgh along with pitcher Oliver Perez who has pitched extremely well and another pitcher Cory Stewart. "I think a lot of...

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