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Jon Jay Had the “Best At Bat All Season By Anyone Anywhere”

Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

With the Cubs trailing 3-2 in the fifth last night, leadoff man Jon Jay stepped to the plate to try to get something going.


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He succeeded, singling to right, and ultimately scoring on Ben Zobrist’s two-run single later in the inning.

Awesome, right?

Except noting only that Jay “singled to right” is akin to saying that the Cubs hadn’t won the World Series for a few years before 2016.

Jay’s at bat was magnificent. It was special. It was a 15-pitch work of art:

I mean, just look at this thing:

I think the man who later scored Jay summed it up best:

Jay is not everyone’s favorite leadoff hitter for a variety of reasons (the Cubs simply don’t have a natural one right now), and he has struggled at times now that he’s playing much more frequently and is exposed to more pitchers. But he almost always works a good plate appearance, and, if nothing else, that is a valuable skill for a leadoff hitter, which pays dividends for other guys in the order.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.