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Old 10-30-2008, 12:17 PM
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Why are the Sox so bad in signing and developing Latin American players? Not enough money? Not enough scouts? Bad scouts? Not enough contacts?
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:40 PM
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Money.

Scouting Latin American players is expensive.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:43 PM
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Money.

Scouting Latin American players is expensive.

No it's not. SIGNING them is expensive.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:51 PM
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No it's not.
Actually it is. You have to pay for travel, and the scouts get paid a premium because they are spending extended amounts of time, 3-4 months, away from home. The Dodgers used to find a lot of talent there by using scouts that lived there, but they also got sold a bunch of lousy ball players by the same scouts taking payoffs.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:53 PM
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Actually it is. You have to pay for travel, and the scouts get paid a premium because they are spending extended amounts of time, 3-4 months, away from home. The Dodgers used to find a lot of talent there by using scouts that lived there, but they also got sold a bunch of lousy ball players by the same scouts taking payoffs.
Don't most scouts live in Latin America? It's not an American scout going over there to find player, it's usually somebody from Latin America who is scouting.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:55 PM
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Don't most scouts live in Latin America? It's not an American scout going over there to find player, it's usually somebody from Latin America who is scouting.
It's been tried, for the most part they can't be trusted, teams prefer to send someone they trust, to double check what they get from local scouts.
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