Rowand: Scouting for diamonds in new film on scouts

From Rick Rowand at Sons of Sam Horn on January 8, 2016:

You’ve probably seen them at high school, college and minor league games, sitting behind home plate to better see the break on pitches, or off to the side to better see the swing of certain hitters. The stopwatch and the radar gun are the visible tools of their trade. Their eyes, their memories, their overall knowledge of the game and its players are some of their unseen tools, but these are just as important, if not more so than the tools we do see. For these men, and the occasional women, are trying to divine the future – to see what it holds for the young men out on the diamond and for the teams that employ them.  

For over 100 years they have lived and worked in the shadows, rarely thought about by the general public. But without them we wouldn’t have been able to root for our heroes. Without them, there wouldn’t have been Mickey Mantle or Ted Williams or Roberto Clemente or Jackie Robinson or Derek Jeter or Wade Boggs…

Nashville-based independent filmmaker Molly Secours is going to change whatever preconceived notions we have about baseball scouts with her feature-length documentary, Scouting For Diamonds, which will be released in 2017. What started off as a proposed legacy film on longtime Boston Red Sox scout George Digby has turned into a love affair between Secours, scouts and baseball.

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Originally published: January 11, 2016. Last Updated: January 11, 2016.