Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in June 1982, Scott Bailes survived nine years of Major League Baseball. On July 3, 1985, while in the Pirates farm system, the Pirates sent him to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier trade. The Pirates traded for Johnnie LeMaster from the Indians for a player to be named later. Bailes made his major league début with the Indians on April 9, 1986 pitching 2/3 of an inning and taking the loss while visiting the Baltimore Orioles.
Following he début with the Indians, Bailes bounced from their rotation to the bullpen as a utility pitcher. He put up his best numbers in 1988, when he pitched in 37 games, while starting 21. He also threw 5 complete games, and 2 shutouts that year. His production fell off following the 88 season. In 1990, the Indians dealt him to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (then known as the California Angels), in exchange for Jeff Manto and Colin Charland. The Angels granted him free agency after the 1992 season – and he did not find another baseball job until 1997. Two final years with the Texas Rangers finished out a 9 year career.
Over the course of his career, he pitched 679.2 Innings, with a 4.95 ERA. However, even though he pitched during the home run crazy years, his HR/9 is barely over 1, and his SO/9 rests at a 4.6. His career SO/W ratio is 1.37. He is definitely a pitcher of the live ball era, and his numbers show that.
In 1987, Bailes made $80,000.00 with the Indians. His highest contract year was in 1992, when he made $600,000.00.
Bailes stands on the bump taking the signal from his catcher on card 585. The lefty prepares to deliver one of his signature pitches. Bailes signed the card in a thin blue sharpie. It is not the boldest signature I have received, but it is very eye-pleasing.