Farewell To Bobby Scales
News broke the other day that infielder Bobby Scales is leaving to play for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan. Many Cubs fans will remember Scales as the infielder who made his major league debut with the Cubs at age 31. It was a feel-good story, and one of the only happy things in the 2009 season.
In memory of that nice little story, I thought I'd give ol' Scales a nice send off, but unfortunately, a quick gander at his statistics have, once again, made me infuriated with the Chicago Cubs organization.
As it turns out, unbeknownst to me, Bobby Scales has been murdering Triple-A pitching for a good 5 years. His one "down" year in that stretch was above average by most standards (ironically, he had a high batting average that year, quite possibly leading to his call up during a down year; go figure).
It's frustrating all around. Consider this:
AAA PA wRC+
2006 417 127
2007 499 134
2008 458 135
2009 356 105
2010 462 122
2011 283 134
So, in other words, he was around 20 to 30 percent above average, and sported about a .400 OBP. Wow, Cubs. Wow. Here is this defensively strong, ultra-patient hitter playing a premium position nay! several premium positions and you let him fester in AAA.
Please, Japan, take him. America does not deserve him anymore.