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John Bale (born May 22, 1974, in Cheverly, Maryland) is a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. John Robert 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..
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 June Free Agent Draft, but did not sign.
After being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the 1996 MLB amateur 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.
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.". 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.
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