Bobby Scales, who spent all or parts of the last three seasons with the Beavers, most exemplified the objectives of the Beavers Community Outreach Program this season by making a positive impact on community values by lending his time and energy to a number of causes and activities throughout the campaign.
"I try to do what I can do to help out folks," Scales said. "It's the least we can do as players. I've been fortunate enough to have people help me and make a difference in my life. Portland was so good to me the last three seasons, and I think it's very important to show we care about the community we play in, even if we don't live there year-round."
This season, Scales, who resides in Roswell, Ga., took part in all three of the Beavers' youth baseball camps, stressing the fun of the game while passing along his considerable baseball knowledge to Portland-area kids during the popular camp program.
Additionally, Scales, a veteran of seven professional seasons in the San Diego Padres organization, made numerous appearances during the season and was a fixture at player autograph sessions and Kids Club activities at PGE Park over his three campaigns in Portland.
Despite a busy 144-game schedule played over the course of 152 days during the 2005 season, Scales led player visits to Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Portland Shriners Hospital, made visits to area Boys and Girls Clubs, met with kids at the team's annual Scout Sleepover at PGE Park, participated in the Rose Festival Junior Parade, helped raise funds for Doernbecher in the Beavers' charity golf tournament, and took part in this season's sponsor fantasy camp and other corporate partner events on behalf of the team.
"Certainly, Bobby is most deserving of this honor," said John Cunningham, president and general manager of the Beavers. "Bobby is a true role model, and we as an organization are very appreciative of his efforts this season and in the past."
On the field, Scales batted .267 with 15 home runs and 87 RBIs in 204 games over three seasons with the Beavers (2003-05). This season, Scales set new career-highs in home runs (14), RBIs (61), runs (50) and walks (53), while batting .274 in 120 games with Portland. Accordingly, Scales ranked among the team leaders in most offensive categories in 2005.