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Bobby Kielty | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (41) / 8/5/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Mississippi

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Padres signed OF Bobby Kielty to a minor league contract.
He doesn't get a spring training invite. Kielty, now 34, hasn't played professionally since 2009 and hasn't played in the major leagues since 2007 as a member of the Red Sox. He's highly unlikely to be anything more than depth at the minor league level. Thu, Feb 3, 2011 03:23:00 PM

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Mets released outfielder Bobby Kielty.

Kielty was batting .231 with Triple-A Buffalo and the 33-year-old just wasn't in the team's long range plans.
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 08:53:00 PM

The Mets have reportedly informed Bobby Kielty, Elmer Dessens and Fernando Nieve that they won't make the team.

That means the apparently useless Marlon Anderson will hang around and Darren O'Day will stick as a reliever. Nick Evans is also going to make the team, but the plan is for him to go down when Livan Hernandez is officially added to the roster before the fifth game of the season.
Source: Newsday
Tue, Mar 31, 2009 05:25:00 PM

Bobby Kielty said Friday that he is resuming switch-hitting.

Kielty says he doesn't feel comfortable batting exclusively from the right side, which is why he's resisted the change in the past. Since he has so much trouble with right-handers, this isn't going to help him make the team.
Fri, Mar 6, 2009 07:23:00 PM

Bobby Kielty delivered a three-run homer off the bench Friday against the Cardinals.

It came against a lefty, of course. In this case, it was Royce Ring. Kielty told the Daily News before the game today that he's giving up switch-hitting, at least for now. It's something teams have tried to get him to do before, but he's resisted. Now he's such a borderline player that he really has no other choice. The Mets probably won't have room for him on their bench.
Fri, Feb 27, 2009 08:10:00 PM

Mets signed OF Bobby Kielty, RHP Kyle Snyder, RHP Tony Armas Jr., LHP Valerio de los Santos and RHP Matt DeSalvo to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training.

Kielty is still useful as a platoon player against left-handed pitching, but he's 32 years old and has had trouble staying healthy even in part-time roles. Armas once was considered a promising prospect, but injuries wrecked his development and he hasn't posted an ERA below 5.00 since 2005.
Thu, Jan 29, 2009 06:11:00 PM

Twins signed outfielder Bobby Kielty to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.

Kielty debuted with the Twins in 2001 and hit .269/.375/.444 in 224 games before being traded to the Blue Jays for Shannon Stewart. Since then he's shown himself to be overmatched as anything more than a platoon player, but with Michael Cuddyer's status uncertain the Twins may be able to use his bat against left-handed pitching. For now he'll provide some depth for Rochester.
Tue, Aug 12, 2008 09:51:00 AM

Bobby Kielty went 0-for-2 with a walk Tuesday in the first game of a rehab assignment with Single-A Lancaster.

Kielty is on Triple-A Pawtucket's disabled list after undergoing hand surgery a month ago.
Wed, May 28, 2008 03:16:00 AM

Triple-A Pawtucket's Bobby Kielty is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing hand surgery.

"He had a bone spur or something on top of his hand that was causing the ligament to snap back and forth,'' general manager Theo Epstein said. Kielty's injury lessens the odds of a Coco Crisp trade.
Fri, Apr 25, 2008 09:02:00 AM

After saying Sunday that he was considering opting out of his contract with the Red Sox to pursue a major league job elsewhere, Bobby Kielty accepted his assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Kielty would be called up the moment that the Red Sox deal Coco Crisp and likely couldn't find a guaranteed bench job somewhere else without first heading to the minors anyway.
Tue, Apr 1, 2008 10:55:00 AM

Bobby Kielty is reconsidering his decision to head to Triple-A after learning of a potential big-league opening.

"I don’t think there’s a set decision," Kielty said. "We’ll see what happens in the next 24 hours. There’s definitely something out there. It’s just a matter of waiting and seeing what happens. I don’t want to go anywhere but we’ll see. If there’s a big-league job somewhere, I might have to take it." Kielty re-signed with the Red Sox knowing he was unlikely to have a job unless Coco Crisp was traded. Since nothing has happened there, Boston was hoping he'd go to Pawtucket for now.
Sun, Mar 30, 2008 03:59:00 PM

Red Sox re-signed outfielder Bobby Kielty to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Making official a deal agreed to on Tuesday. Kielty will make $800,000 if he wins a spot in spring training. No word yet on if he's going to follow through on a possible play to quit switch-hitting and focus on batting right-handed.
Wed, Feb 6, 2008 10:12:00 PM

The Red Sox have reportedly re-signed Bobby Kielty to a non-guaranteed contract.

He'll earn $800,000 if he makes the team. The Red Sox appear set with a bench of Coco Crisp, Sean Casey, Alex Cora and Doug Mirabelli, so unless Crisp is dealt, there won't be room for Kielty on the roster.
Tue, Feb 5, 2008 06:39:00 PM

Free agent Bobby Kielty has told teams that he's willing to cease switch-hitting and bat exclusively from the right side of the plate.

The idea of Kielty batting solely from the right side has been brought up on several occasions, as he's struggled as a left-handed hitter for a long time. For his career Kielty has hit .296 with an 882 OPS as a righty and .228 with a 677 OPS as a lefty. "It's something where I can try it for the first few weeks of spring training and if I don't like it I can go back," Kielty said.
Thu, Jan 3, 2008 10:30:00 AM

Bobby Kielty indicated Sunday that his return to the Red Sox could depend upon whether or not the team keeps Coco Crisp.

With Crisp around Kielty wouldn't be in line for much playing time, but he could re-sign as the Red Sox's fourth outfielder if Crisp is dealt. "I really need to play in the best situation," Kielty said. "With Coco not there, it is a very good situation for me in terms of playing time. But with Coco there, it's not an ideal situation for me." Kielty added that three NL teams have expressed interest in him as a backup.
Mon, Nov 26, 2007 10:42:00 AM

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