Scouting – Friend Plans Sun, 25 Jul 2021 07:27:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Scouting – Friend Plans 32 32 Ian Clark’s Scouting Influence, Danila Klimovich’s Upside Down and Swedish Fishing Hole – The Athletic Sun, 25 Jul 2021 04:18:22 +0000

It was a brutally long day. The lively, “do it and get out of here” vibe that typically permeates the drafty floor was absent.

Day two of the 2021 NHL Draft was a tough one.

It actually suited a hockey season that challenged everyone. It was a year of scouting shaped for amateur league staff by job uncertainty, limited viewings, shrunken jobs and budgets, shortened – if not canceled – seasons and, yes, in some cases, losses. straightforward COVID-19 infections.

Vancouver traded the No.9 pick before day one of the draft Friday, the prize for the addition of Conor Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. On Saturday, with just one selection before the fifth round, the Canucks’ amateur scouting service struggled to replenish an atrophied pool of prospects with talent.

Join us as the Vancouver office of the Athletic reveals what we saw from the Canucks in the draft and delves deep into some of the organizational trends that guided their selections on Saturday.

A nice touch

Friday gave us a lot of reason to be cynical about the NHL and the Draft.

Saturday, however, gave us a really lovely time when Canucks chief amateur scout Ron Delorme announced the club’s second-round pick and dedicated it to his mother, Gertrude, who is a residential school survivor.

Plaintiffs, insurers and more blow up deal over Boy Scout abuse Fri, 23 Jul 2021 20:00:00 +0000
Law360 (July 23, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT) – Sexual abuse claimants, insurers, churches and others are asking Delaware bankruptcy judge overseeing Boy Scouts of America’s Chapter 11 case to dismiss his proposed settlement of abuse of $ 850 million, claiming the deal would leave them with unfair burdens.

Parties ranging from tort claimants to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed objections to the Boy Scouts’ proposed restructuring support deal on Thursday ahead of next week’s hearing on the deal . Each claimed that they would receive inadequate or unfair treatment under it.

The Boy Scouts filed for Chapter 11 protection in February 2020, citing a growing number of sexual abuse regulations …

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Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval embarks on reconnaissance trip to Vegas the day after Oakland’s vote on new proposal Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:45:53 +0000 OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) – A vote to propel the city of Oakland to a new waterside baseball stadium for athletics appears mired in controversy and dramatically different interpretations.

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While Mayor Libby Schaaf was celebrating, Team A chairman took a scouting trip to another city.

“This is where Oakland A fans deserve to see America’s favorite game play,” the mayor said at an early morning press conference near Howard Terminal. “What city council approved yesterday is not just one of the most iconic stadiums the world will ever see, but a whole great neighborhood serving the community.”

Meanwhile, A chairman Dave Kaval gave his own take on the Oakland field, from a Las Vegas hotel.

“I’m here in Las Vegas for two days. We have our parallel path going here,” said Kaval, sitting on Zoom with a casino in the background.

VIDEO: President of A explains key elements of Oakland’s new proposal, next steps

Kaval went on to say: “We are disappointed that they did not vote on our list of conditions, which we have been asking them for months to review and give us a positive vote. But in the same way, we will take the time to understand what they have achieved. And my team is looking at it, what that means on things like infrastructure, community benefits and, most importantly, timing. “

In his comments at the waterfront, Mayor Schaaf continually noted the good weather in Oakland, compared to Las Vegas, where it is consistently over 100 degrees during baseball season.

“Yes, we’re going to build a closed stadium if that happens here, probably a retractable dome stadium,” said Kaval, who also stressed that in order for the A’s to continue “playing ball” with Oakland, the city must approve. a binding and mutually agreed upon list of conditions by the end of the baseball season.

VIDEO: Oakland officials express frustration with A’s response to list of conditions

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Josh Primo 2021 NBA Draft Recruitment Report Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Denver Nuggets 2021 NBA Draft Goals: Joshua Primo, Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates on January 12, 2021. (Photo by Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Speaking to the media during his recent training with the Denver Nuggets, Josh Primo said fellow Canadian Jamal Murray is one of his favorite players. He added that he has been following Blue Arrow since he first saw it live in 2015.

Although he hasn’t met Jamal, his father, Roger Murray, gave Primo some information on what he can expect in the draft and beyond:

” I followed [Jamal] and he has really grown since his arrival [to Denver]. So, it’s really nice to be in this gym, somewhere he’s worked, and to be able to work hard and compete right here.

“[Roger has] gave me nuggets. My dad and I taught us something about this process, how it’s going to be, and then go from there.

With the NBA Draft less than nine days away, Primo might not be long in hearing his name called by Commissioner Adam Silver. He may well be available at 26 for the Denver Nuggets.

Maybe, just maybe, there’s a Blue Arrow Jr. in the young combo guard?

Denver Nuggets: What does Josh Primo bring to the team?

Primo can shoot off the ball. In his only season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, he shot 38% from behind the arc on 3.8 3-point attempts per night.

He has a high clearance and a deep beach on his sweater which looks silky. The only problem at the moment is that it drops it low enough on the socket. That’s not a big concern and there are a lot of players in the league today who came out of college who ended up pulling him out of their movement.

And I can take that kind of development freedom with this choice because Primo is only 18 years old. It would be more of a project choice, not a player who can come in and contribute right away.

The flashes of a future scorer are brilliant and his shooting skills are multiple. If a defender gets close to him, he is able to quickly dribble a side step into an open shot consistently.

And on top of the catches, he runs off like a man on a mission, catching a lot of dribble transfers, and even finds himself nailing three of the pick-and-roll.

When he takes a few steps inside the arch, his slender figure interferes with his production. At 6’6 ″ he has the ability to play either guard post, but at just 18 he’s not the most built player in the world – he can be improved.

But don’t take his age as a sign of weakness defensively, Primo never takes away defensive possessions, even though he’s intimidated by a bigger player, he stays calm throughout possession.

Like Kevin O’Connor, The ring said:

“[Primo is an] active defender on the ball with good fundamentals and good length who defends with his feet and not his arms, sliding sideways to reflect his opponents and rarely commits reckless faults.

He’s got the makings of a three-and-D role player, a prototype that not only all teams need, but one that gets paid in today’s NBA. Component ‘D’ is less Trevor Ariza-y and more Danny Green-y, someone who is more comfortable on the guards.

Despite the offensive flashes and clear skill when shooting the ball, Primo has remained in his role on Alabama’s hyper offensive squad, understanding that his shot helps in team play.

Zach Harper, Athleticism described a player who needs time to grow in his frame and role:

“He’s got a good length at the guard post, and I think he will be able to score / shoot. He just needs time for his body to mature.

The only problem with a long-term perspective at 18 is that the Denver Nuggets are trying to wrestle. Yes, there is the argument of bringing in the best player available and he can just be traded later, but without any minutes on his side it would be difficult to show his potential.

If the Denver Nuggets end up selecting Primo, I’ll be excited, but also wonder if there’s a better option to contribute in the present.

Scouting the Schedule, Game 5: Mississippi State arrives at College Station to take on Texas A&M Wed, 21 Jul 2021 05:22:52 +0000

Texas A&M managed Mississippi State 28-14 last October at Starkville en route to a 9-1 season for the Aggies in 2020.

A year later, the two teams will meet for the 10th consecutive season, this time on October 2 at College Station in what appears to be one of the toughest games on the Bulldogs’ 2021 schedule.

Here’s what to know about Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies team ahead of this year’s competition.

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth installment in The Dispatch’s 2021 Scouting the Schedule series. The fourth installment was published in Tuesday’s edition. The series continues Thursday with a preview of Game 6 of the season for Mississippi State.

Quick Facts About Texas A&M

2020 review: 9-1

Coach: Jimbo Fisher, fourth year

ESPN Football Power Index: Number 6

All-time series: Tied 7-7

Last meeting: October 17, 2020


Mississippi State and Texas A&M have played every year since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

The Bulldogs have won three of the previous five clashes – three of which took place in the 1910s – and have won four of the nine SEC contests. This puts the all-time streak at an even level of 7-7.

Mississippi State beat Texas A&M when the Bulldogs were ranked No.12 and the Aggies No.6 in 2014. The following year, A&M returned the favor at College Station with both teams in the top 25.

season 2020

Texas A&M was blown away in its second game of 2020, losing 52-24 to an Alabama team that enjoyed an unbeaten season and a national title.

Other than that, the Aggies have had a great year, winning all nine games that went unreleased at Bryant-Denny Stadium. They held off Florida with a field goal at College Station, beat Mississippi State, Auburn, LSU and more in the regular season before beating North Carolina 41-27 in the Orange Bowl.

But A&M quarterback Kellen Mond, who threw for 2,282 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2020, has left for the NFL. Substitute Haynes King and second student Zach Calzada will fight for the starting position at training camp.

Running back Isaiah Spiller, who was part of the 100% SEC first team in second year, will be a problem for opposing defenses this season. Spiller ran for 1,036 yards and nine touchdowns on 188 carries last fall. Devon Achane (363 yards) and Ainias Smith (293 yards) also saw a few touches.

Smith was even the Aggies’ leading receiver at 564 yards, scoring six touchdowns to start. Tight end Jalen Wydermyer returns after 506 receiving yards in 2020, as does broad Chase Lane (409 yards).

In defense, linebacker Buddy Johnson advanced to the fourth round of the NFL Draft after 86 tackles and four sacks. Defensive lineman Bobby Brown, who led the team with 5.5 sacks, was also selected.

Defensive end DeMarvin Leal and linebacker Aaron Hansford will lead the defense in 2021.

Key additions

Five-star defensive lineman Shemar Turner leads a 2021 signing class that ranks eighth in the country, according to 247 Sports.

Fifteen four-star rookies, including two of the top 50 domestic players – defensive lineman Tunmise Adeleye and running back LJ Johnson – accompany Turner.

The Aggies have secured the transfer of three-star offensive tackle Jahmir Johnson of Tennessee, although many more A&M players are heading to exit the program.

Theo DeRosa reports on Mississippi state sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.

In 21st century baseball, the scouts are being left behind – Orange County Register Tue, 20 Jul 2021 16:00:04 +0000

In baseball’s transition to the 21st century, as hesitant and unstable as it may seem at times, those who remain include those who represent the very soul of the game.

Rick Ingalls is one of the victims. And the Long Beach resident is an example in more ways than one of what has been lost in MLB’s rush to prune its player development mechanism in the name of efficiency and economy. (Not necessarily in that order, of course).

Ingalls was drafted in 1973, a Cal State LA kid joining the Oakland A organization. He played four years in the minors – 340 games in Class A and Double-A, according to Baseball America – with affiliates of ‘Oakland and Kansas City before being fired. He started his post-playing career with the Angels organization in December 1980, along with a guy you might have heard of named Joe Maddon.

“Joe was hired in Arizona as a scout,” Ingalls recalls in a recent phone conversation. “I was hired here the same week. He led Idaho Falls (in the rookie-level Pioneer League in 1981). I coached Salem (in the short-season Northwest League), didn’t I? We were hired for $ 12,500, but it was then, and we were happy to have a job. I wasn’t going to be like ‘Oh, (shoot) I’m not going to work for this.’ … After I finished playing, I thought I was done when I was released.

The adventure was only just beginning. After that first season, the Angels brain trust decided Maddon was best used in the field, teaching the game. Ingalls was redirected to the scouting department, and finding the next big player became his life for nearly two decades. with the Angels, followed by stints with the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. In Cincinnati, he became National Scouting Supervisor before getting drawn into the game’s transition.

Chewed and spat, in fact.

It was July 29, 2018, the day before the Reds let him go, and Ingalls, then 66, was having a conversation with his boss, scouting director Chris Buckley.

“We talked about three more years,” Ingalls recalls. “I said to him, ‘Hey Chris, I’m going to go three more and then I’m probably going to call it someday. OK, obviously not (an agreement) on paper, but verbal.

“And that afternoon they moved him (VP of player personnel) and pushed him out of the scout job and hired a younger guy (Brad Meador) to be the scout director. . And they called me the next day and said, “We’re not renewing your contract. Nick Krall, the managing director, called me.

“So these are all these young people who took over the office after the departure of Walt Jocketty, who was one of the best general managers. I worked for Walt. They let you be who you are.

Days later, Ingalls tweeted the news, saying, “Low tech ratings. I suppose. I still love this game and I still have a lot to offer. I spent over 40 years in this game. Guess I didn’t have great computer skills!

But Ingalls is hardly alone. Veteran scouts have been made redundant in recent years, a trend that was exacerbated – but not started – when a pandemic drove holes in baseball budgets. The Dodgers fired several international scouts last August and then fired five professional scouts in September. The Angels fired amateur scouts and crosschecks ahead of the five-round draft in June 2020 and were ready to extend that time off, citing limits on scouting during the pandemic, but reversed after that draft.

But Google “the MLB scouts shot” and you’ll see the pattern repeat itself throughout baseball, by the Mariners, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins and many more. Additionally, the Major League Scouting Bureau, which offered additional information to teams and also ran a development program for potential recruiters, closed in 2018.

Many of these Scouts are 55 and over.

“You can’t retire from this game until you’re 65, okay?” Said Ingalls. “You get fired at 60, you have to wait five years. These guys that got laid off, the veterans are 58, 59, 60 years old. They have five, six years before they can collect their pension. And you don’t get severance pay. “We are not going to renew your contract. Thanks for coming.’

“I was in it for about 40 years, so when I was younger all the old boy scouts were guys: Harry Minor, Joe Stephenson, Angel Figueroa. When they’re gone (baseball thought), they’re not going to say anything, and they haven’t.

“Well, I’m not going and we’re not going. I think it’s time to at least protect the guys, you know?

The assumption is that old school scouting is incompatible with the use of analytics and video and technology that measures spin speeds, egress speed, etc. But many of these veteran scouts embraced the new metrics while using their eyes and instincts to not only judge a player’s performance and project what he might become, but also to gauge what kind of person he is. they see. Can we trust him? Is he a good teammate? Will he accept to be coached? (And, last but not least, is he a signatory?)

In an industry that generated $ 10.7 million in revenue in its final full season in 2019, you’d think there should be enough room for both. More varieties of information should be better than less, right? Obviously no. Even before COVID-19 forced teams to cut spending, enough older Boy Scouts had been dumped in recent years that there was serious talk of a class action lawsuit for age discrimination.

Some Scouts have obtained retaliation in other ways. Among those allegedly providing information as part of the investigation into the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal were some of the men the club had sacked to eliminate its professional recruiting staff.

It is too simplistic to describe this as a simple battle between analytics and gut feeling. But it’s not hard to see that as the 42-team minor league baseball contracts, the draft shrinks by 20 rounds and the evaluation process contracts in its own way, players will get lost in the reshuffle. Like the crafty pitcher who didn’t necessarily ignite a radar gun but got people out and grew up to be Greg Maddux. Or the deceased who was willing to work long enough and hard enough to take his chance and turned into Mike Piazza.