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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

In Korean baseball, opportunity beckons not only players, but a scout

Like most scouts who wandered a sprawling casino in Las Vegas at the winter meetings this month, Aaron Tassano’s goal is to find the best players to fit his organization. What makes Tassano stand out is the destination — both his own, and his targets’.

Tassano has been a scout for almost a decade and a half. With Houston from 2013-18, he performed the job as conventionally envisioned: he moved to Arizona in 2014, watching players moving through Major League Baseball’s pipeline. Backfields were often his charge.

Before joining the Astros, Tassano lived in South Korea, where he scouted for the Cubs and Rays. He searched for both professionals and amateurs who could make the jump to the U.S., venturing into Japan and Taiwan as well.

So, if scouts start to engage in free agency between leagues, will that mean bidding wars for their services will emerge?

QLE Posted: December 26, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Scouts of the Year awarded at Winter Meetings

Each year at the Winter Meetings, the scouting industry gathers to celebrate some of their own at the Scout of the Year reception. The fact the recipients are chosen by their peers, scouts singling out other scouts, makes the honor even more special.

This year’s quartet of honorees for the 35th edition of the event have made an unmistakable impact on the game, and they continue to do so. Awarded regionally, Damon Oppenheimer of the Yankees (West Coast Scout of the Year), Brad Sloan of the Red Sox (Midwest Scout of the Year), Danny Montgomery of the Rockies (East Coast Scout of the Year) and Sal Agostinelli of the Phillies (International Scout of the Year) have more than 120 years of combined scouting experience, have signed dozens of big leaguers across multiple decades and have helped their organizations reach the postseason many times.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Scouts are baseball’s poets, and here are some of the best lines they’ve used over the years

The perfect scout’s line is memorable and incisive. It tells you about the player (or an element of their game) without resorting to cliche or tepidness in a way that sticks like a well-cooked noodle. For instance, one gaffe-prone outfielder was said to “run the bases like he thinks he’s invisible.” A different, less-imposing player was described as being able to “hang-glide on a Dorito.” As with great poems, sometimes the omitted words in a scouting report are the ones that matter the most. Consider the time a scout noted about a player’s makeup that they “owned a large collection of tie-dye t-shirts.” The scout’s implication remains unknown.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2018 at 05:24 PM | 8 comment(s)
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