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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Braves reportedly laying off several top scouts

One of the many trends of the 2020 MLB season has been reductions in front office and scouting positions across Major League Baseball. The Atlanta Braves have reportedly joined in laying off several top veteran pro scouts on Tuesday according to a report by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.


The scouting profession was already thought to be in trouble as teams turned to video analysts for more of their scouting reports. The truncated regular season and the cancellation of the minor league season have put many scouts in jeopardy as teams have been forced to truncate spending.

The question for many of these scouts going forward is how many will be brought back? We have seen the player development model and scouting shift in recent seasons. While there is a happy medium that can be achieved, this could leave a lot of veteran scouts who worked their way through the old system on the outside looking in.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 16, 2020 at 11:11 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 16, 2020 at 03:28 PM (#5977010)
The Dodgers are also reported to have laid off scouts. With teams being prohibited from all in-person scouting, I can’t help wondering if any ‘laid off’ scouts are being paid under the table to report on the few independent or summer college leagues that are playing in 2020? Probably not - why pay money to slightly improve your chances when you can just pocket the cost savings?

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