Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Branch Rickey Newsbeat

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Don Newcombe’s lost interview: Dodger great talks about barriers and breaking them down

Campanella and I signed to play for the Danville Dodgers in the Three-I (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa) League. When the president of the league heard about that, he called Branch Rickey and said ‘I’ll close the league down. They’ll never play here.’ There was only one club left in the Dodger farm system where we could go, and that was in Nashua, New Hampshire, in the New England League. Buzzie Bavasi was the general manager and Walter Alston was the field manager.

“What would have happened if the president of the New England League had said the same thing as the president of the Three-I League? You might never have seen Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe play baseball and set the records that we set.

 


Monday, June 12, 2017

Give Baseball Scouts a (Perfect) 80 for Tradition

“Eighty you’re a franchise player, 20 you’re nothing and 50 you’re average,” said Detroit Tigers General Manager Al Avila, the son of a scout and the father of a major-league catcher. “It’s always been that way.”

And if it hasn’t, there may be no one alive who remembers otherwise. Art Stewart, a senior adviser to Moore with the Royals, is 90 years old, born on Babe Ruth’s birthday in 1927. Stewart took his first scouting job with the Yankees in the early 1950s, when a Pittsburgh Pirates scout showed him a numerical grading system at a spring training game in Bradenton, Fla.

“That’s a funny way of doing it,” Stewart said he had thought at the time. But then, he said, he learned who had created it: Branch Rickey, the pioneering executive, who was working for the Pirates near the end of his Hall of Fame career.

“Branch Rickey is the one that came up with the number system. What we have today is just a takeoff of what Rickey did,” Stewart said. “He was so far ahead of the game, it was scary.”

When Stewart joined the expansion Royals in 1969, the team used a 1 to 4 scale, like a movie critic’s rating system: 4 was excellent, 3 good, 2 fair, 1 poor. But in late 1974, when Major League Baseball created a centralized scouting bureau, the 2 to 8 scale took hold throughout the game.

Gordon Lakey, who started his scouting career in 1970 and now works for the Philadelphia Phillies, spent three years with the bureau in the mid-’70s. He said its first executive director, Jim Wilson, had encouraged the use of double-digit numbers — not just 2 through 8 — to further differentiate prospects. Not all teams took their reports from the bureau, Lakey said, but enough did that the 20 to 80 scale became the vernacular.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 12, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, draft, scouting

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Chicago Joe
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMore on WAR – Joe Blogs – Medium
(138 - 9:38pm, Nov 20)
Last: kthejoker

NewsblogdWAR to end all WARs – Joe Blogs – Medium
(16 - 9:38pm, Nov 20)
Last: Blanks for Nothing, Larvell

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(1449 - 9:35pm, Nov 20)
Last: don't ask 57i66135; he wants to hang them all

NewsblogOTP 20 November 2017: Sheriff’s official suspended 10 days over Cubs World Series sneak-in
(87 - 9:13pm, Nov 20)
Last: dog poop god (SS)

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2017
(2 - 9:01pm, Nov 20)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogJim Palmer on Mark Belanger and Omar Vizquel: The Hardball Times
(102 - 8:19pm, Nov 20)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogGabe Kapler's only season as a manager gave hints for how he will lead Phillies
(27 - 8:12pm, Nov 20)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Philadelphia Phillies
(46 - 7:57pm, Nov 20)
Last: eddieot

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(2110 - 7:08pm, Nov 20)
Last: aberg

NewsblogJudge and Altuve | Articles | Bill James Online
(58 - 7:00pm, Nov 20)
Last: Zach

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(203 - 6:37pm, Nov 20)
Last: Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB)

NewsblogQuestions And Challenges Loom Over Derek Jeter
(29 - 6:06pm, Nov 20)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogOTP 13 November 2017: Politics, race now touching every sport
(2202 - 5:30pm, Nov 20)
Last: Greg K

Gonfalon CubsLooking to next year
(196 - 4:59pm, Nov 20)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Hall of MeritMock 2018 Modern Baseball Committee Hall of Fame Ballot Results
(10 - 4:53pm, Nov 20)
Last: Omineca Greg

Page rendered in 0.9631 seconds
50 querie(s) executed