May 24, 2013 |
Legrendary baseball scout Epy Guerrero, 71, died Thursday in the Dominican Republic, the Toronto Blue Jays announced. The Blue Jays held a moment of silence before Thursday night's game against Baltimore in memory of Guerrero. Guerrero signed outfielder Cesar Cedeno for Houston in the 1970s before becoming a scout for Toronto. He scouted and recommended the signings of Tony Fernandez, Alfredo Griffin, George Bell and Carlos Delgado. Delgado sent the following tweet: Just heard the sad news that my super scout Epy Guerrero died today.
June 18, 2013 |
How's this for the NFL growing its fan base in London? According to the Daily Mirror , retired soccer star David Beckham was offered a tryout with an undisclosed NFL team as a kicker. The report says Beckham, 38, was approached by a scout during his playing days, when he was mulling his future with the Los Angeles Galaxy and before his swan song with Paris Saint Germain. “The offer came in and he politely said that it wasn't right for him,” a source told the British national tabloid.
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June 8, 2010 |
Jerry Stephenson, a longtime scout for the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox who had a seven-year pitching career in the major leagues with the Red Sox, Seattle Pilots and Dodgers, died of cancer Sunday at his Fullerton home, publicist Steve Brener said. He was 66. Stephenson was part of the 1967 Red Sox team that reached the World Series. He won three regular-season games after being called up from the minors in August and appeared as a relief pitcher in one game during the World Series, which the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.
May 16, 2010 |
The Lakers- Phoenix Suns series has plenty of intrigue, even for an NBA scout who is home for the summer with his family after a laborious season of games and travel. Game 1 of the Western Conference finals is Monday night at Staples Center, and this West scout said he'll watch every game. "I would watch this series because it's a matchup of two different styles," the scout said. "It's the three-point shooting and pace of play by the Suns and size and length of the Lakers."
August 15, 2009
I want to applaud The Times and Bill Plaschke for recognizing Phil Pote [Aug. 8], one of the true heroes in our sports community. Plaschke's article on Phil was informative, well-written and, above all, well-deserved. Similar to the TV show "The White Shadow," Phil Pote was an inner-city high school teacher and coach, having dedicated years at Fremont. He has championed keeping minority youth off the streets and on the field, out of trouble. As much recognition as The Times has given him, he deserves all of it and more.
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December 1, 2008 |
John Robert "Red" Murff, 87, the New York Mets scout who discovered Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, died Friday at a nursing home in Tyler, Texas. The cause of death was not given. Murff filed this report on 17-year-old Ryan of Alvin, Texas, in 1964: "Skinny right-handed junior. Has the best arm I've ever seen in my life. Could be a real power pitcher someday." Although Ryan stood 6 feet 2 and could throw a baseball 100 mph, he weighed only 150 pounds as a high school player and often had no idea where his fastball was going, putting off most scouts who came to watch him pitch.