The Backbone of our Game
Tomorrow night, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation will have its annual gala, and I can?t wait. The PBSF was formed to provide support to scouts of professional baseball who have fallen on hard times due to illness, job loss, retirement or other financial setbacks.
I am proud to say that I am a member of the PBSF. As a former scout, I can tell you how hard these men work, and what their collective impact has on our beloved game. Without them, and their tremendous effort, there are no players in the big leagues. They drive all hours of the night, from town to town, to watch high school games, college tourname nts and random workouts only to try to find the next star.
Their sacrifice is the benefit of every fan. I can remember the hardship of being away from my family, but also the joy and reward of signing a player who you think is not only a great talent, but a young man of character and class. Believe me; it?s not as easy as people think.
I am also proud to present the Tommy Lasorda Award. The award is given to the most outstanding major league manager. Last year was the first year the award was given, and I was honored to receive it as the Manager of the Century. I won?t tell you who this year?s recipient is, but I will say that he is most deserving.
So next time you go to a ball game, or tune into one on the TV, remember that you are enjoying the hard work and sacrifice of baseball scouts.