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Monday, January 09, 2017

Q&A: Former scout Johnson on discovering Pudge

MLB.com: How did you come across Rodriguez?
Johnson: We were going down to the Latin countries. Melvin Nieves was the hot prospect in Puerto Rico, so we were going to work him out and then to go the Virgin Islands to see Midre Cummings, who was another hot item. Our Latin scout, Luis Rosa, had 11 or 13 guys at the workout in Puerto Rico. After awhile, I’m in the dugout, talking with Nieves, and [scout] Doug Gassaway comes running in from the outfield, yelling, ‘That little guy just threw 93 miles an hour to second base.’ He’s talking about Pudge. Why he was out there clocking catchers throwing to second base, I got no idea, but he was. That was Gasser. He was ahead of the game. I’m sure everybody is doing that now. They time everything. So we had Pudge hit and run the bases.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

What Does it Take to be a Scout in Today’s Game? | 2080 Baseball

So you think you can be a scout?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Scout who sued Yankees for age discrimination settles case - NY Daily News

“We reached a tentative agreement that has amicably resolved the matter,” Miske’s attorney, Vincent Miranda, told the Daily News. He declined to say when the case had settled, but it appeared to have been very recent — no papers had yet been filed in the case indicating a deal.

Miske, whose most recent stint with the team began in 2009, says he was told by his boss, then-assistant general manager Billy Eppler, that “50 years in scouting is enough.”

“The Yankees often treated Mr. Miske with contempt and disrespect because of his age. By way of example, Mr. Miske was told by the Yankees that he was ‘taking well’ to receiving an iPad that they required he use, and his suggestions and comments were often ignored at scouting meetings,” the suit reads.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
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