Down Memory Lane with the BA Directory
One of the best days of the early season took place last Thursday, my 2014 Baseball America Directory arrived in the mail. It’s a handy tool work-wise, but I love looking through each teams’ organizational charts to find names of guys I either knew or crossed paths with, or just liked as player’s.
Every year is different, and while the list changes ever year it’s also getting shorter too, which is kind of sad. Just means I’m getting old, too.
A few to chew on;
Doug Bochtler, Dbacks, pitching coach for Low A team in South Bend. From the AFL in ’94, fun guy.
Doug Drabek, Dbacks, short season pitching coach in Hillsboro, 1990 (?) NL Cy Young winner.
Dennis Lewallyn, Braves, AA pitching coach, Waterbury Dodgers, EL.
Ralph Garr, Braves, scout in Richmond, TX, 1976 NL batting champ. “The Roadrunner.”
Dave Wallace, Orioles pitching coach, born in Waterbury.
Brian Graham, Orioles Director of Player Development. Was a manager with Cleveland organization, came to AFL.
Orlando Gomez, Orioles Rookie League manager in GCL, managed Waterbury Giants in 1976.
Bruce Kison, Orioles scout in Bradenton, FL, ace of only EL title won by Waterbury, with Pirates in 1970.
Chris Bosio, Cubs’ PC, played golf with him once when he was with Mariners. Laughed my ass off for six hours.
Bill Scherrer, Assistant GM, Chicago White Sox, played parts of three seasons (1980-1982) with Waterbury Reds.
Jay Bell, bench coach, Cincinnati. First met him playing for Waterbury Indians in 1985-86.
Darren Bragg, minor league OF/baserunning coordinator, Reds. Coached against him in HS, grew up near me, his uncle was our town cop for years and is good friends with my father.
Jim Riggleman, AAA manager with Reds, we go back as far as anyone I know, Waterbury Dodgers 1975.
Lee Stevens, Rookie League hitting coach with Colorado. I used to work with this guy named Lee Stevens, about six feet tall and 250 pounds, used to pick up girls in bars telling them he was the baseball player. The real Lee Stevens is 6’4″, 210.
Brad Ausmus, manager, Tigers. Grew up near me, coached against him.
Dave Clark, Tigers 3B coach, teammate with Bell on Waterbury Indians.
Wally Joyner, Tigers hitting coach, Waterbury Angels, 1984, once got into a car accident when hit from behind by my cousin.
Tom Lawless, AA supervisor of instruction, Houston Astros. Teammate with Scherrer on the Waterbury Reds, 1980-81.
Rico Brogna, Special assignment instructor/scout, LA Angels. Coached him and against him in HS.
Bobby Knoop, Infield instructor, Angels, from the Arizona Alumni, 3 time Gold Glove second baseman.
Gene Clines, Sr. Advisor to Player Development, teammate with Kison with Pirates in 1970.
Henry Cruz, Dodgers AZL hitting coach, played with 1973 Waterbury Dodgers.
Frank Taveras, Dodgers Dominican Republic Scouting Supervisor, Waterbury Pirates, 1971
Dustin Yount, Dodgers scout based in Phoenix, never met him, but I know his dad and uncle.
Rafael Landestoy, International INF instructor, Mets, Waterbury Dodgers, 1975
Ozzie Virgil, Jr, International catching instructor, 1979-1980 Reading Phillies. 1980 EL MVP.
Mack Babitt, Pro scout New York Mets, Richmond CA, Waterbury A’s 1979, West Haven A’s 1980. Better known as “Shooty”.
Grady Fuson, special assistant to GM, Oakland A’s, really nice guy, see him in AFL a lot, always answered scouting questions for me.
Dickie Noles, Employee Assistance Pro, Philadelphia Phillies. Reading Phillies 1978-79.
Les Straker, Phillies Venezuelan Rookie League PC, Waterbury Reds 1981-82, traded to Oakland, was with Albanie-Colony in 1983.
Eric Valent, Scouting Supervisor, Wernersville PA, Phillies, AFL. Sat and talked hitting with him during a rain delay, super nice guy.
Del Unser, Pro Scout, Phillies, Scottsdale AZ, big fan as a kid, played 15 years, through AZMLA.
Woody Huyke, Sr. Minor League Ops manager, Pittsburgh Pirates. Played 14 minor league seasons, never made majors. With Waterbury Pirates, 1970-71. Has been with Pirates organization since 1969, manager of Rookie League team in Bradenton for twenty-nine years!
Gorman Heimueller, Padres minor league pitching coordinator, Waterbury Giants, 1978, West Haven A’s 1981-82.
Cory Snyder, AAA hitting coach, Seattle, Waterbury Indians, 1985.
Skeeter Barnes, minor league outfield/infield coordinator, Tampa Rays, Waterbury Reds 1980-82.
Bob Cluck, ML scout Tampa Rays, Waterbury Pirates, 1970-71.
Ron Washington, manager, Texas Rangers, Waterbury Dodgers, 1976.
Keith Comstock, pitching rehab coordinator, Rangers, West Haven A’s 1980-82
Brian Dayett, special assignment coach, Rangers, West Haven Yankees, 1979.
Mel Didier, special assignment scout, Toronto Blue Jays. AZMLA. The Babe Ruth of scouting.