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Baseball Hall of Fame to partially recognize scouts

There is no part of the baseball community more overlooked externally than scouts. A new exhibit planned at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York will take one step toward creating a broader general appreciation of one of the game’s most important professions.

Set to open on Saturday, May 4, the exhibit, called “Diamond Mines” will educate the fan on the never-ending challenges of sizing up talent for organizations in preparation for drafts, upcoming games and potential acquisitions.

Along with the expected artifacts from scouts, he highlight of the Hall of Fame exhibit will be an interactive database with over 6,000 actual scouting reports from over 200 scouts on players from the past – both famous and less so.

The name chosen for the exhibit is a great one on multiple fronts. Beyond the obvious connection, the vicinity of the Hall of Fame in New York State features a number of diamond mines.

“Diamond Mines” is being prepared with the support of the Scout of the Year Foundation. Each of the foundation’s annual award winners will be acknowledged as part of the upcoming exhibit. That is good, but not enough.

While a positive step forward, the planned focus also serves as a reminder that scouts remain on the outside looking in with regard to being formally recognized by the Hall of Fame.

Can anyone honestly suggest scouts are less important than writers or broadcasters, two groups which receive national focus on the stage in Cooperstown annually?

While the latter two groups are not technically Hall of Famers, a creation of a new scouting award in parallel with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award and The Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball announcing could and should be extended to scouts as well.

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