Bobby Scales

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Bobby Scales
Bobby Scales 2010 spring training.jpg
Scales with the Chicago Cubs
Left fielder / Third baseman / Second baseman
Born: (1977-10-04) October 4, 1977 (age 41)
Southfield, Michigan
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 5, 2009, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2010, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .248
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 17

Bobby Leon Scales (born October 4, 1977) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. A switch hitter who throws right-handed, Scales played for the University of Michigan and was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 14th round (442nd overall) of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft on June 11, 1999. While at Michigan, he played for the Corvallis Knights in the West Coast League, an independent summer collegiate league.[1] He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the Orix Buffaloes.

Playing career[edit]

Minor league career[edit]

Within 3 years of being drafted by the Padres organization, Scales was discouraged from lack of play and even planned to quit; but infield coach Tony Franklin talked him into staying.[2] That same season when Bernie Castro, the top prospect starting ahead of Scales got injured, he finally got his chance to start.[2] Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies to a minor league contract on January 11, 2006, Scales played the 2006 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. The Boston Red Sox organization signed him to a minor league contract on December 20, 2006 and invited him to participate in the Red Sox' 2007 Spring Training.[3] In 2008, Scales played for the Chicago Cubs organization and became a free agent at the end of the season. In January 2009, he re-signed with the Cubs.

Major league career[edit]

He was called up to the Cubs major league team on May 4, 2009 after starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano was put on the 15-Day Disabled List. He made his Major League debut, starting at second base, at the age of 31 on May 5 against the San Francisco Giants, a game in which he recorded his first Major League hit against Tim Lincecum, winner of the 2008 National League Cy Young Award.[4] He scored his first Major League run later that inning when Sean Marshall singled.[5] On May 8, 2009, Scales hit his first Major League triple off of Dave Bush.[6] On May 12, 2009, Scales hit his first major league home run off of Edwin Moreno of the San Diego Padres.[7] On May 14, to further his case to stay in the bigs, Scales hit 2 doubles while driving in 4 runs in the Cubs' win over the Padres.[8] He recorded a 6-game hit streak immediately after being called up, but that streak was lost on May 16.[9] However, that same game, he scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Houston Astros.[10] On May 27, Aaron Miles was placed on the DL, and the team needed someone who could play backup shortstop and Scales was sent down to AAA Iowa Cubs.[11] The next day, May 28, Scales was recalled from AAA Iowa because Ryan Freel was placed on the disabled list.[12] Scales then went on to hit a pinch hit home run in the bottom of the 8th off Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf.


Scales signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on June 27, 2011.[13]

Return to Cubs[edit]

On January 27, 2012, Scales signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.

New York Mets[edit]

After leaving the Cubs, Scales signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on April 1. On May 12 he was released by the Mets.[14]

Japan again[edit]

After his departure from the Mets organization he signed with the Orix Buffaloes.

Post-playing career[edit]

On November 9, 2012, Scales was hired to be the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim' director of player development.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Bobby's wife Monica has a doctorate in health communication.[16] In 2005 Scales was named the Portland Beavers Community Player of the Year which highlighted the time and effort he put into helping the greater Portland community.[17] He also is a substitute teacher at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia during the offseason.[18]


  1. ^ "Bobby Scales Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  2. ^ a b Muskat, Carrie (2009-05-15). "Scales making most of first run in Majors". Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  3. ^ Sox sign eight to Minor League deals
  4. ^ "31-year-old Scales finally makes big league debut". May 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  5. ^ "Giants @ Cubs game recap (5-5-09)". May 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  6. ^ "Cubs @ Brewers Play-by-play (5-8-09)". May 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  7. ^ Muskat, Carrie (May 12, 2009). "Bradley's homer lifts Cubs over Padres". Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  8. ^ "Tipping The Scales: Cubs take advantage of 10 walks in win over Pads". Associated Press. May 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  9. ^ "Bobby Scales Game Log". Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  10. ^ "Cubs v. Astros Play-by-play (5-17-09)". 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  11. ^ "Cubs call up Jake Fox and two others, send down Bobby Scales and Neal Cotts, put Aaron Miles on DL". Chicago Tribune. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  12. ^ "Freel to DL, Scales back in bigs". 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  13. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Minor Moves: Scales, Perez". Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (November 9, 2012). "Angels hire Mike Hampton, Tim Bogar for minor league roles". Los Angeles Times.
  16. ^ McGrath, Dan (2009-05-15). "Bobby Scales weighs in on big-league experience". Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  17. ^ "Bobby Scales Community Player of the Year". 2005-09-14. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  18. ^ Batting Around with Bobby Scales

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