Sunday, September 10, 2006

Hit and Run

Then came the announcement from DeSear. “Logan and I have decided to create a new position. Ah, well it’s really not new, I guess. We’re just bringing it back as a pilot program to see if we can’t jump start things. We’ve decided to bring back the regional scout position.”

The room filled with several grumbles. The type that say here we go again. I looked over at Toby Bradford who used to be the regional scout in charge of my area before they did away with the job. He seemed just as clueless as me.

“We’ll start out with just one. The first regional scout will be in charge of all area scouts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. . . ”
Why wasn’t Toby standing to approach the podium? I was glad that they finally came to their senses and brought Toby back to lead us. I was really getting tired of having to report directly to DeSear. Maybe I could finally get a handle on things with him back in charge. Pawn off Georgia onto someone else and just focus on Florida like old-times.

“Congratulations Goldberg,” DeSear said as he began to applaud.

Goldie! For crying out loud, he’s just a bird dog. He’s never even been an area scout. Granted, he had some playing time in the minors, but that doesn’t mean spit. This region is arguably the most talented region in the nation and they put him in charge of it? You mean to tell me that Goldie is my new boss? Bradford’s too?

The rest of the room was slow to applaud but out of respect for DeSear, I guess everyone felt obligated to follow suit. Even Bradford. Not me though. I don’t make it a habit to clap for joy after I’ve been slapped in the face.

Goldie wheeled himself over to the side of the podium to shake DeSear’s hand. The two smiled and DeSear patted him on the shoulder. “This change is effective immediately,” Desear continued, “Goldberg will report directly to Logan until further notice.”

This was incredibly worse than I could’ve ever imagined. Even DeSear was getting stabbed in the back. A direct report to Logan? That meant DeSear just lost control over seven states. Some of the most fertile states in the draft. Kiss them goodbye. Forget the token title of Regional Scout. Logan just made Goldie a co-Director of Scouting.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its hard to form a response to that cutter (this is astrofan or whatever btw). putting someone with that little experiance in such an important roll seems to be a recent trend (tampa, texas, boston to an extent). perhaps this is good for you, it sounds like goldie has started to show more respect for you and your methods, this could be far better than it seems... or it could be as horrible as it seems, wish you luck!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Cutter hasn't posted in over a month. He must have got sacked by Goldie and now he's crying in his beer on some bar stool in Florida. It was nice reading you once-a-month posts while it lasted.

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Blogger Must Be Strong said...

Cutter,

Great blog, you should keep updating. I'm a current journalism student at U of Maryland University College, and my final writing assignment of the semester is on Independent Minor League Baseball. I was hoping you could answer a few simple questions for me and I'd appreciate any help you could give, thanks.

1. As a scout, how often do you attend independent games? Are indy leagues something that scouts pay close attention to?

2. In your opinion, how does a player get noticed in one of these leagues? Do scouts value the indy league, if so to what degree?

3. What are your biggest concerns about signing or recommending an indy player?

4. Is it worthwhile to participate in Indy ball? Would playing over seas be a better option?

5. What advice do you have for anyone playing in, or attempting to play independent ball?

6. Describe the lifestyle of a typical independent baseball player.

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