November 28, 2007 – Bobby Malek Talks November 28, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Photo Courtesy: Bridgeport Bluefish
Malek Excited About Dodgers Opportunity: On the surface, OF Bobby Malek didn’t have an outstanding season for the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2007. He hit .282 — good for 31st best in the league, with seven home runs and 65 RBI.
But Malek, a fourth rounder from the Mets who spent six seasons in their organization, was one of the most consistent players in the league all season. He also put up video-game type numbers in the Atlantic League’s All-Star Game, going 4-for-4 with two singles, two home runs, two stolen bases and three runs.
What role did that play in his return to affiliated ball?
“I don’t really know,” Malek said by phone today. “I know a lot of scouts have been at the All-Star Game, and at games in the Atlantic League season, so I’m not really sure.”
Malek, who signed with the Dodgers, credits the Atlantic League for getting him another chance in affiliated baseball.
“I don’t think (getting signed) would have happened if I didn’t play last year,” he said.
“The Atlantic League is the best indy league in the country, and if I didn’t play there, this wouldn’t have happened.”
But it also took a little longer than Malek expected for it to happen.
“When I first got to Bridgeport, I figured it would be a couple weeks and I’d be out of there,” he admitted.
“Then a couple weeks turned into a couple months, and I ended up there for the whole season. It was more frustrating than I thought it was going to be.”
But now that he has signed with Los Angeles, Malek is just happy to get another chance at his goal of becoming a big leaguer.
“I wanna go to the big leagues, so hopefully this is just the next step in getting there,” he said.
Malek said that he just got back home from Mexico, and has yet to speak with the Dodgers, saying he actually had intended on contacting the organization today. The 26-year-old, who had a brief stint in Triple-A in 2006, said while he hasn’t heard anything regarding where he’ll play next season, that his goal is to be in Triple-A.
As for other Bluefish players who could be joining him in affiliated ball next season, Malek pointed to Jay Caligiuri, Junior Spivey, Quinton McCracken and Jesse Hoorelbeke.
Malek pointed to Hoorelbeke’s power, and also to McCracken’s veteran leadership as an influence on him.
“McCracken had a solid year, he was one of the biggest influences on me last season,” Malek said.
“He has 10 years in the big leagues, so it was good to learn from him and see how he went about his business.”
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