There are a lot of unsung heroes in baseball but there are few who are more unsung-ier than scouts. They get paid expenses and not much more. They work long hours in hot conditions with nothing more than radar guns, stopwatches, clipboards, and low-grade hot dogs at their disposal, day after day after day for the bulk of the year. And they’re paid next to nothing, all while being asked to predict the future. Other than a week-long drunken orgy at MLB’s winter meetings and getting to do what they love for a living, there aren’t many perks. Today, I’m honoring them by doing some legwork on movie baseball players.
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Thanks to a fever, I’ve had a day and a half to nap and watch crappy television. Enter Major League II, which I had last seen on a bus in college en route to a game in suburban St. Louis. It was somehow worse than I’d remembered. But that’s not what sticks in my craw. After all, you can’t have high expectations for a movie that lists the All State insurance spokesman as a co-star. No, what bothered me was a series of inexplicably horrible but ultimately successful decisions made by interim Tribe skipper Jake Taylor. You may recall that Taylor took the reins from Lou Brown following Brown’s heart attack mid-season. What did Taylor do wrong? Continue reading