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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In the Major Leagues, Female Scouts Are Few. Their Skills Aren’t.

Wallace’s scouting workload from March through August, covering amateur players in most New England states, is practically full time. Officially speaking, though, Wallace is the scouting bureau’s only part-time scout (maintaining a law practice and raising a 16-month-old son will lead to some compromises).

That leaves 22-year-old Amanda Hopkins in a class of her own.

Bill Bavasi, who succeeded Marcos as the scouting bureau’s senior director, said that if the Mariners had not hired Hopkins, he would have.

Hopkins might be the youngest scout in the game this year, but she has loads of experience. Her father, Ron, is the scouting director for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he previously held the position with the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics. Amanda Hopkins played college softball at Central Washington and was an intern for the Mariners for three summers.

“We sent her to scout school, and she ranked pretty high in the class,” the Mariners’ scouting director, Tom McNamara, told MLB.com. “When I called to tell her we’d nominated her for scout school, she was in tears on the phone, literally in tears. It was kind of chilling. It meant a lot to her.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
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