Overbay Happy To Still Be A Blue Jay

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Former Wolf Pack star Lyle Overbay was back in the cage, spraying line drives across the field in his first day at Spring Training camp on Wednesday.

Long-rumored to be traded away to help the team shed its payroll, Overbay says he's thrilled to be back and eager to prove the critics wrong.

"If the right fit was to happen, they were going to do that," Overbay told MLB.com. "But I'm glad to be here, because I want to prove myself, and I'm glad they're going to give me another chance. I can kind of throw it back into their court as far as trusting me and keeping me around, because I think I can help this team win."

"Last year, I think I had a bad attitude," Overbay said. "I was trying to get back to '06 instead of worrying about what I was trying to do in that at-bat. I was trying to get the feel instead of just going up there and getting a good pitch to hit and going after it like I should."

Over the past two seasons Overbay has combined to hit .257 with 25 home runs, 62 doubles and 113 RBIs over 280 games for the Blue Jays. Modest numbers considering he hit .312 with 22 home runs and 92 RBIs in 157 games in 2006.

The former Pack star who is scheduled to make $7 million in each of the next two seasons says he can be that hitter again.

"I expect it," he said. "In '06, I had a really good game approach and was going after it. I put a good swing on some pitches and got some lucky hits, too. But I think they all even out anyway. I think I can hit .300 and hit over 20 homers and get close to 100 RBIs."


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