Bay crushes 200th home run on Monday
Recent surge makes outfielder third Canadian to reach milestone
NEW YORK -- Jason Bay became the third Canadian-born player to reach 200 career home runs, achieving the feat with a solo shot Monday evening against the Padres.
Facing starting pitcher Tim Stauffer in the second inning, Bay launched his ninth home run of the season over Citi Field's left-field wall. He now has seven home runs in his last 39 games, after hitting just eight over his first 142 games as a Met.
Bay joins Larry Walker (383) and Matt Stairs (265), both retired, as the only other Canadian big leaguers with 200 home runs.
Bay hit 139 of his home runs during 5 1/2 seasons with the Pirates, before hitting another 45 -- including a career-high 36 in 2009 -- in a year and a half with the Red Sox.