Jay Allen Bruce (born April 3, 1987) is an American professional baseball first basemen for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds. Bruce has been named an All-Star three times during his career.
Jay Bruce was the youngest of three children born to Joe, a plumber, and Martha Bruce, a schoolteacher. As a child, Bruce played both baseball and football but stopped playing the latter when, due to the risk of injury, Martha refused to sign the necessary consent forms.