Bobby Kielty was last seen in the big leagues in October of 2007, when he led off the 8th inning for the Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Series. This was to be his last at bat in the Major Leagues and he certainly made it one of the more memorable moments in Red Sox history when he belted a home run which proved to be the winning run in that game. That game was the 8th straight Red Sox World Series victory in three years.
Kielty arrived in Boston after being released by the Oakland A's mid-season 2007. The Sox picked him shortly thereafter to add a switch hitting outfielder to the roster. During the spring of 2008, the Sox assigned him to AAA Pawtucket. After undergoing surgery on his left hand that would put him out of commision for several weeks, he requested to be released. In 2009, he signed a minor league contract with the NY Mets and was released in June of that year.
Bobby Kielty in Oakland and yes, that is his own hair
Three days ago, it was reported that he signed a contract with the Twins, the team that had originally drafted him, and was assigned to Rochester, but not as an outfielder. Kielty is attempting to make a return to the big leagues as a relief pitcher and a right handed bat off the bench.
Bobby Kielty should at least receive an honorable mention in the Sox Hall of Fame for that World Series winning home run. Best wishes to Bobby in his attempt to return to Major League Baseball.
Fenway West 02.08.10