January 14, 2013 |
Jerry Hairston Jr. will call it a career if he wins another World Series ring this year. “If we win the World Series, I guarantee you I'm going to retire,” Hairston said. “You can't get any better than that.” Hairston, the Dodgers' 36-year-old utilityman, won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 2009. “It would be cool to say I won one with the Yankees and won one with the Dodgers,” he said. But Hairston, whose family was honored Saturday at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation gala, will first have to come back from a hip operation that cut short his 2012 season.
January 18, 2004 |
Baseball scouts, to borrow from David Mamet, are the guys behind the guys behind the guys. They log untold miles searching for young talent, signing ball players and hoping their diamonds in the rough make it to a big league diamond. But like anybody else, they can fall on hard times. That's where the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation steps up to the plate. On Jan. 10, it was a dinner plate.
January 13, 2012 |
He was a baseball player with a contradictory name. In a 17-year Hall of Fame career with the Cincinnati Reds, Johnny Bench almost never sat on one. Bench was a workhorse. Starting in 1967, and becoming arguably the best catcher ever, he played in 2,158 games, an average of 127 a season. That's a lot of squatting. He had his ways of communicating when enough was enough. "We were playing the Dodgers in Cincinnati one time, and the game the night before had gone on until something like 1 in the morning," Bench says.
February 15, 2004 |
Former agent Dennis Gilbert, who has spent the last three years working as a special assistant to Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, interviewed for the Dodger general manager job Saturday. Gilbert, a Los Angeles native and longtime Dodger follower who was part of a Jeff Smulyan-led group that failed in its bid to purchase the Dodgers last year, was recommended for the position by Reinsdorf.
January 13, 2013 |
Jim Palmer choked up when talking about his autistic son. Fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins paid tribute to the Philadelphia Phillies scout who signed him. Tom Lasorda showed he could still make a room full of people laugh. But Vin Scully was the undisputed star on Saturday night at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's annual fundraising dinner. The 1,000-plus people who packed the banquet hall at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza stood and applauded when Bud Selig introduced Scully, who received a leadership award named after the baseball commissioner.
January 14, 2009 |
The 15-year-old was as thin as a bat and about as smooth as sandpaper. But the scout saw something special in his hands, in his arms. So he carved an infield into a corner of the cow pasture outside his front door and hit the boy 300 grounders a day through the spring rainstorms and the oppressive summer heat.