John Robert Bale
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 4", Weight 205 lb.
- School Jefferson Davis Community College, University of Southern Mississippi
- Debut September 30, 1999
- Final Game October 2, 2009
- Born May 22, 1974 in Cheverly, MD USA
John Bale is a relief pitcher who last played with the Kansas City Royals.
After graduating from Crestview High School in Crestview, Florida, Bale was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round of the 1994 amateur draft. He did not sign. He then attended University of Southern Mississippi, and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th round of the 1995 amateur draft. He again did not sign.
Blue Jays and Orioles
In 1996, Bale was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the 1996 amateur draft. He quickly ascended in the minors, from low-A in 1996 to AA by 1998. Bale was a starting pitcher from 1996-1997, and posted solid strikeout numbers from 9-10 per inning. He was converted to a reliever in 1998, lowering his ERA. He made his major league debut on September 30, 1999 against the Cleveland Indians. He pitched two innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks and 3 earned runs, but he did strike out four batters.
After a solid season at AAA-Syracuse Skychiefs (3.19 ERA in 21 games/12 starts), Bale reached the majors again. He pitched in relief for two games, but struggled again as he allowed six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. In the winter of 2000, Bale was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Jayson Werth. Bale had a solid 2001 season, pitching in 11 games (9 starts) with an ERA between 2 and 3, splitting time between the Gulf Coast League Orioles and AAA-Rochester Royals. He pitched 14 games in relief for the Baltimore Orioles, with a 1-0 record and a 3.04 ERA.
Mets and Reds
During Spring Training of 2002, he was traded to the New York Mets for outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.. Bale spent the entire season with the AAA-Norfolk Tides, posting a 2-2 record and 3.54 ERA pitching mostly out of the bullpen. In Spring Training of 2003, he failed to win a bullpen spot with an ugly 17.18 ERA in 4 games, and started the season at AAA again. Eight games into the season, he was released and then signed by the Cincinnati Reds. Bale was primarily a reliever at AAA-Louisville, and posted a 4-1 record and 3.30 ERA. Still posting high strikeout numbers, he was called up to the majors and finnished with a 1-2 record and 4.47 ERA in 10 games (9 starts).
Japan and Return to the U.S.
From 2004-2006, Bale pitched in Japan. Bale was a jack of all trades for Japan's Hiroshima Toyo Carp the last three seasons, serving as a starter, middle reliever and closer. After going 11-10 as a starter in 2004, the southpaw recorded 24 saves, 3.19 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 53 innings in 2005. In 2006, he went 1-2 with six saves and a 2.93 ERA in 39 appearances, including five starts.
On signing with the Kansas City Royals on December 8, 2006, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said, "We are excited that John made a decision to sign with the Royals. He's a talented lefthanded pitcher who is extremely versatile and will compete for various roles on our pitching staff." 
- SportsTicker (December 8, 2006). "Royals sign RHP Dotel, LHP Bale". ESPN. SportsTicker MLB News Wire. Retrieved December 8, 2006.