May 19, 1972 |
Simi Valley, California
|May 14, 1998, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 2008, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Runs batted in||8|
A versatile athlete, he played quarterback for Atascadero High School in Atascadero, California and signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for the University of Southern California before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.
McClain has spent most of his professional career bouncing around the minor leagues for numerous Major League Baseball organizations. As a major leaguer, he has played in nine games as a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998, 13 games with the Chicago Cubs in 2005, eight games with the San Francisco Giants in 2007, and 14 more with the Giants in 2008. He played in the Pacific League in Japan for the Seibu Lions from 2001-2004 and in the Central League for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2009.
Over his professional career McClain has hit a total of 359 home runs: 287 in the minors, 71 in Japan and two in the MLB. He has also batted in 1237 runs over his professional career (1066 in the minors, 171 in Japan). He hit his first big league home run on September 3, 2008, playing for the Giants against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, becoming the oldest position player in Major League history to hit his first career home run. While playing for the Oakland A's Triple-A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, in 2006, McClain won the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player award. He was the fourth River Cats player since 2000 to win the award. McClain spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Giants.
Later in 2010, Hiroshima added Scott McClain as a US-based scout.