After regretfully adding an MLB.com widget late last night, I came across a press release an article about an annual benefit dinner for Major League Baseball scouts.
The scouts' collective plight makes me mad.
OK, so this "cause celebre" ranks in urgency somewhere between genocide in Darfur and a campaign demanding Facebook be offered in Esperanto, especially considering the world's current political, social and economic climates.
Nonetheless, it left me mad (at least a little).
Scouts, it has oft been repeated, are the most exploited workers in baseball. Paid and treated like latter-day orphans sweating away their innocence in a 19th-century textile mill, it's despicable how poorly they are compensated considering their importance to ever-evolving future of the game.
Now, I can't say for sure how important scouting is today compared with, say, 50 years ago.
But it must be somewhat important. The White Sox media guide says they employ at least 60 scouts every year and you can restRead More »from Selig and Reinsdorf gather to help scouts they've wronged