A Scout’s Path to Cooperstown
“When I was scouting I felt if I ever had an opportunity to run a club, I’d treat scouts the same as everyone else, . . . I wanted to make them feel they felt like they belonged [to the organization]."
Two decades later, Alomar and Gillick stood side-by-side on Hall of Fame induction day in 2011 at Cooperstown, N.Y. For Gillick, it was the culmination of a front office career that began in scouting and later thrived due to his recognition of the work of scouts.
Gillick began scouting with the Houston Astros in 1966 and the next year made his first trip to the Dominican Republic. Tony Pacheco, a baseball lifer with the Astros, told Gillick when he got to Santo Domingo he should contact their scout.
Gillick made the call, Epy Guerrero answered. The first player they went to see was outfielder Cesar Cedeno. They were impressed and headed to casa Cedeno.