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Must-click link: The Cardinals Super Scout

Nov 29, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a great story about Mike Roberts, the Cardinals’ special assistant of amateur scouting, who happens to be the team’s longest-tenured scout.

Roberts has battled cancer the past several years, but it has never slowed him down. Embedded in the story are several good tales of Roberts’ scouting exploits, descriptions of life on the scouting trail and of Roberts’ personality and perseverance.

Great, uplifting read.

  1. anxovies - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    The rules on free agents and draft picks have made it less attractive to sign established players. The consequences of long-term contracts with athletes in their 30s have also made the teams more cautious about FA signings. The beneficiaries of this may be the executives and scouts from teams with successful minor league and scouting organizations. Expect teams to start poaching these types of officials.

    • paperlions - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Development and scouting have always been important. No team can fill the roster with free agents. The only way that signing free agent can help a team win is by having payroll flexibility by drafting and developing your own players. Before FA began, it was 100% scouting, drafting, and development….and that has never stopped being the most important factor.

  2. moogro - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Finally watched The Scout. The repetitive kvetching dialog Brooks had to say, regardless of circumstances he was in, was unbearable. Fraser was occasionally effective with proto-Greinke mannerisms. Reconstituting the Father Figure (surprise!) as the explicit goal.

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