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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Art Stewart, who drafted Bo Jackson, Mike Sweeney and others for Royals, dies at 94

Stewart, who had worked for the Royals since their inaugural season in 1969, has died at the age of 94, the team announced Thursday.

A member of the Royals Hall of Fame, Stewart just completed his 69th year in professional baseball and 52nd season with Kansas City, where he had been a Senior Advisor to the General Manager since 2002. He worked as a Senior Special Assistant to the General Manager from 1997-2001, and was the Royals’ Director of Scouting from 1984-96.

“Art was truly an extraordinary human being, whom we all loved and admired for many reasons,” Royals President of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore said in a news release. “His unmatched love and appreciation for the game of baseball, recollection of players and events, combined with his special ability to tell stories will be forever cherished by all.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Rosemary, daughter, Dawn Mansfield, along with husband, Brian, and children, David and Mark as they mourn the passing of this very special man who meant so much to them and to our Royals family.”

Stewart was hired away from the Yankees, an organization he had started with in 1953, and spent his first 16 years with the Royals working as a scout in the Midwest. Among the more than 70 players he drafted to reach the big leagues were Bo Jackson, Carlos Beltrán, Mike Sweeney, Johnny Damon, Kevin Appier, Brian McRae and Joe Randa, the Royals said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 11, 2021 at 02:44 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mefisto Posted: November 11, 2021 at 05:43 PM (#6052577)
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   2. Itchy Row Posted: November 11, 2021 at 06:00 PM (#6052580)
Stewart also signed Jim Bouton to his first pro contract.
   3. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: November 12, 2021 at 02:12 AM (#6052629)
No offense to the late Mr. Stewart, but how much scouting acumen does it take to point at Bo Jackson and say, "We should pick him?"
   4. Adam Starblind Posted: November 12, 2021 at 07:09 AM (#6052634)
Left on the board in the 4th round no less.
   5. Rough Carrigan Posted: November 12, 2021 at 09:17 AM (#6052644)
#3. "I don't know, Mr. GM. I know the 140 pound kid you like who runs to first in 5 seconds looks all gritty and scrappy but, call me crazy, there's just something about that guy who looks like a power lifter and runs to first in 3 seconds flat from the right handed batter's box and can throw the ball to the plate on the fly from the warning track in center and who hit 10 balls in bp over the cars in the parking lot beyond the fence. I can't quite put my finger on it."
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 12, 2021 at 10:01 AM (#6052650)
Most teams passed on him because he wasn't going to sign. Sam Mellinger's column gets into it a bit (paywalled) - the Royals drafted him because they took the time to develop a relationship with Bo's mom, she trusted them, and they thought they could sign him.

Scouting isn't just about identifying talent, it's about identifying talent who will sign with you.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 12, 2021 at 10:23 AM (#6052657)
Right, if he was available in the 4th round there was obviously a reason why. If it was such an easy decision then why didn’t all the other teams who could have drafted him earlier do so? #6 gives a very good reason.
   8. Adam Starblind Posted: November 12, 2021 at 11:10 AM (#6052661)
Right, if he was available in the 4th round there was obviously a reason why. If it was such an easy decision then why didn’t all the other teams who could have drafted him earlier do so? #6 gives a very good reason.


Of course that's the reason. But it doesn't take a wizard to draft a 1st round talent with signability issues in the 4th round.
   9. McCoy Posted: November 12, 2021 at 11:18 AM (#6052665)
It's also not just about identifying talent that will sign with you but also about developing relation with a player so they will sign with your team even if they don't have to.
   10. Russ Posted: November 12, 2021 at 01:18 PM (#6052683)
It's also not just about identifying talent that will sign with you but also about developing relation with a player so they will sign with your team even if they don't have to.


And, for a player that young. developing a relationship with their *parents*. Dealing with parents is another level of difficulty.
   11. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: November 12, 2021 at 01:32 PM (#6052688)
Bo aside, drafting a probable hall of famer and six all-stars seems like a pretty good career.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 12, 2021 at 05:37 PM (#6052738)
Also signed Norm Siebern when he was with the Yanks.
   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 12, 2021 at 06:02 PM (#6052739)

Of course that's the reason. But it doesn't take a wizard to draft a 1st round talent with signability issues in the 4th round.

Sure, but to put it simply, you have to give him credit for actually signing the guy that other teams passed on due to signability issues.

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