MLB Scout School: Day 4

“Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.”
-Albert Einstein

Part of being a successful scout is staying organized and working hard. My days here at the scout development program are very full. Below is what Sep. 28th looked like for me. It’s a pretty typical day here: A good mixture of challenge and fun.

4:30–6:00am
Wake-up. Text daughter I love her. Finish homework reading. Answer work emails. Review blog entry and post it.

6:00-6:40am
Looking for a day-off in the gym. Play basketball in the hotel court and just mix-in plank variations.

6:40-7:00am
Breakfast at the hotel.

7:00-8:30am
More work emails and phone calls. Need to keep up with work at Sport in Society and Baseball For All.

8:30am
Normally, class begins at 9 but today have to redo our head shots and have pictures done.

9:00-10:15am
Class. One of the hardest things for me to do is sit. Thankfully, sit in the last row, so can squirm all I want.

10:25am – 3:00pm
Make more work phone calls and emails on the bus to the Instructional game. Call family members and wish them a Happy New Year. At the game, evaluate all of the arms as players take INF. During the game, evaluate and prepare to write a report on the Indians pitcher and the Rangers SS. Even with special focus on the pitcher and SS, I still keep eye on rest of players.

3:00-5:00pm
Back in classroom. Review video of the pitcher and SS. Handwrite my scout report.

5:00-5:45pm
Check-in one last time for work, making sure emails are answered. Start typing in hand-written report into computer.

5:45-6:00pm
Back in the classroom.

6:00-7:30pm
Dinner in the courtyard. Dinner is a favorite part of the day because of informal conversations between participants and instructors. Finish entering my report in the computer and then printing it out.

7:30–8:00pm
Start blog. Try to keep up with who is winning the Yankees/Rays game.

8:00-8:30pm.
Meet with instructor to discuss my scout report. Nervous because I know report needs work. But in actuality, it was fun. Liked talking about the players and just becoming better in how I describe them.

8:30-10:45pm
Suppose to be finishing blog but get caught in the lobby watching the Red Sox lose and the Rays win. Had a fascinating conversation my group member, Craig Griffey, on what he looks for in a player. Coming from a baseball family and having played pro ball himself, his scouting perspectives have a real, original depth that I enjoyed hearing.

11:00pm
Decide to finish work in the morning. With heavy eyes, crawl into bed. Phone rings. My daughter doesn’t feel well and can’t sleep. Tell her I love her. Leave phone on speaker. Can hear her breathing. We fall sleep together.

2 Comments

You are an inspiration to alot of people!

Yep – that’s pretty much it in a nutshell…except:
What are you doing waking up at 430 in the AM? You are a crazy (motivated) person!

~ Ryan (scout school classmate)

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