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.

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