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PostSubject: John Bale News   Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:57 am



John Bale (baseball)
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John Robert Bale (born May 22, 1974 in Cheverly, Maryland) was a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who was last playing with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan's Central League. Detroit has agreed to a Minor League deal with former Royals pitcher for the 2011 season. [3] Bale and his wife, Genevieve, reside in Tampa, Florida, with their daughters Madison and Olivia, and son, Zachary. Genevieve's brother is NHL player Vincent LeCavalier.[1]

Bale, a graduate of Crestview (Fla.) High, was an All-State selection in baseball his senior season after going 11-2 with a 0.38 ERA. He is an alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, where he went 9-8 with a 4.01 ERA his junior year. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round of the 1994 MLB Draft, but did not sign.


Early career

After being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft, Bale made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays on September 30, 1999. On December 11, 2000, Bale was traded from the Blue Jays to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Jayson Werth.

After one season in Baltimore, he was then traded to the New York Mets for Gary Matthews, Jr., although he never appeared in a game for the Mets.

On May 8, 2003, Bale signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he appeared in 10 games.


Japan baseball

From 2004 to 2006, Bale pitched for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan's Central League.


Return to MLB

On December 8, 2006, it was announced that Bale would return to Major League Baseball, after signing a two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals.

Bale appeared in 26 games for Kansas City in 2007, all in relief. He had a 1-1 record with a 4.05 earned run average, surrendering 45 hits in 40 innings. He began the 2008 season in the Royals' starting rotation after a strong spring training. “Bale earned it,” Royals manager Trey Hillman said to the Kansas City Star on March 25. “Johnny has been outstanding all through spring training. He’s been hit in spots but, pretty much, from day one he’s commanded three pitches."[2] In one of the more bizarre instances in recent Royals history, Bale, who was already on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury, broke his left (pitching) hand in May 2008 when he punched a hotel door in what Bale called "a moment of frustration." It was later reported that Bale was upset from a rehab pitching session that did not go well.

Bale recorded his first career save on June 24, 2009, pitching a perfect 11th inning against the Houston Astros.

Bale was released by the Royals on December 10, 2009.


Return to Japan

On February 19, 2010, Bale signed a contract with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan's Central League.


Return to America

On December ?, 2011, Detroit has agreed to a Minor League deal with former Royals pitcher John Bale, who pitched this year with the Hiroshima Carp in the Japanese Central League after spending parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues. [3]



References


  1. The Official Site of The Kansas City Royals: News: Royals look to continue winning ways
  2. Kansas City Star, March 25, 2008.
  3. Tigers agree to Minors deal with Bale

* italics indicate updated info added by posting member.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson


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PostSubject: Re: John Bale News   Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:01 am


Left-hander John Bale has a career 4.66 ERA over parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues. (Getty Images)

Tigers agree to Minors deal with Bale
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 12/03/10 7:32 PM EST

DETROIT -- A year after they signed Brad Thomas out of Japanese ball, and two years after they brought over Fu-Te Ni, the Tigers hope they've found some more lefty relief help out of pro ball in the Far East. Detroit has agreed to a Minor League deal with former Royals pitcher John Bale, who pitched this year with the Hiroshima Carp in the Japanese Central League after spending parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues.

The move, first reported by Foxsports.com, provides the Tigers some bullpen depth, something they were lacking from the left side. Bale joins Daniel Schlereth, Brad Thomas and Ni among southpaws expected to be in Tigers camp come February. Detroit might continue to look around for help during next week's Winter Meetings and beyond, though team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski has indicated no pressing need for more upgrades after signing right-hander Joaquin Benoit.

The 36-year-old Bale last pitched in the Majors in 2009, wearing Royals blue while giving up 18 earned runs on 34 hits over 28 1/3 innings that year. He struck out 24. Bale spent parts of three seasons in Kansas City after a previous three-year stint in Japan.

Given the numbers, it would be fair to consider Bale a situational lefty. He has allowed a .238 average and a .647 OPS to left-handed hitters for his Major League career, compared with a .327 average and .847 OPS against right-handed batters.

That's significant in a division with several left-handed hitters who can do serious damage. Justin Morneau is 2-for-10 lifetime off Bale, though one of those hits was a two-run homer. Joe Mauer is 4-for-9 off him -- all singles -- with three RBIs. Grady Sizemore is 1-for-6 with four strikeouts, while Travis Hafner and Jason Kubel are both 2-for-7 off Bale.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: John Bale News   Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:03 pm



01/10/2011 11:15 AM ET
Tigers invite 18 players to Major League Camp

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers today announced the following 18 players have been invited to major league camp this spring in Lakeland, FL:

____Pitchers____ ___Catchers___ ____Infielders____ _Outfielders_
John Bale Rob Brantly Argenis Diaz Andy Dirks
Enrique Gonzalez Bryan Holaday Brandon Douglas Avisail Garcia
Fu-Te Ni Patrick Leyland Scott Thorman Ben Guez
Chris Oxspring John Murrian

Adam Wilk Omir Santos

Brendan Wise Max St. Pierre



Additionally, the following staff members will be in uniform at major league camp this spring: Kevin Bradshaw, Ray Burris, George Carlo, Manny Crespo, Chris Cron, Joe DePastino, Leon "Bull" Durham, Toby Harrah, Jerry Martin, Jon Matlack, Phil Nevin, Dave Owen, Brian Peterson, Scott Pickens, Mike Rojas, Gene Roof and A.J. Sager. Additionally, both Willie Horton and Al Kaline will be in uniform this spring. Dustin Campbell, Matt Rankin and Chris McDonald will assist the major league training staff this spring, while Chris Walter and Steve Chase will both once again work with the Tigers strength and conditioning coordinator Javair Gillett.

The first pitchers and catchers work-out in Lakeland will be on February 14, while the first full squad work-out will be on February 19.

A complete roster detailing the non-roster invitees follows this release.


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