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Chicago Cubs’ Bobby Scales, a Victim of the Steroid Era

Bobby Scales doesn’t have a protruding chiseled chin, nor is his body popping out of his uniform. In fact, he’s skinny, by baseball standards. Bobbybobby-scales Scales was just recently called up from playing in the minor leagues after 11 years for his first major league start about a month ago. He entered the big leagues red hot, hitting .444 for a stretch and has cooled off, presently batting .267. During those 11 years, in the off-season, he taught school in the Atlanta area to support his family. Bobby Scales is truly an inspirational story of perseverance.

But has Bobby Scales been robbed of a lucrative baseball career because of baseball’s steroid era? Check out the before and after picture of Barry Bonds (see below). Bobby Scales looks to be about the size of Bonds 11 years ago. What about Alex Rodriguez’s $100 million contract. How much of that contract is from true athletic ability versus steroids? I’m sure Alex didn’t teach school during the off-season. If Bobby Scales chose steroids 11 years ago, where would he be today? How much would be in his bank account? Its unfortunate that kids will look-up to Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez and never know Bobby Scales.

barry-bonds-before-afterBarry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and all the other *greats* should be fined, enormously and their earnings should be divided-up to the real baseball players. It’s appalling that players are even allowed to come back and play the game after they’ve tested positive. The three strikes you are out rule or whatever major league baseball’s drug policy is, it’s absurd.

Bobby Scales is owed a great deal of respect for his true athletic accomplishments. He could have taken the easy way and been rewarded greatly for it; instead, he chose the honest way, worked hard, moved all over the country, for 11 years while he watched others cheat. Bobby Scales is a baseball hero and he deserves the accolades.

Ryan Theriot greets teammate Bobby Scales after Scales scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Houston Astros on May 16, 2009 at Wrigley Field

Ryan Theriot greets teammate Bobby Scales after Scales scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Houston Astros on May 16, 2009 at Wrigley Field

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