SABR 42: Bob Gebhard honored as Roland Hemond Award recipient

pictured with Stew Thornley and Roland Hemond.Former Colorado Rockies general manager Bob Gebhard was honored Friday, June 29 by SABR’s Scouts Committee with its 2012 Roland Hemond Award, which recognizes the baseball executive who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to professional baseball scouts and scouting, and player development history.

He received his award at the SABR 42 Awards Luncheon in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Gebhard now serves as the Vice President and Special Assistant to the GM for the Arizona Diamondbacks after long, successful stints with the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals and Rockies organizations. Prior to joining the Diamondbacks in 2005, he served in the same role for the Cardinals under GM Walt Jocketty. He became the first general manager in Rockies franchise history in 1991 and built the entire baseball operations department from scratch. From 1987 to 1991, Gebhard was the Twins’ Vice President of Player Personnel, leading the team to two World Series championships during that time. His first front office job came with the Expos in 1974 following an 11-year career as a player.

In addition, Hemond announced that the 2013 Scouts Committee Award would go to Terry Ryan, longtime general manager of the Minnesota Twins. Ryan spoke in the SABR 42 General Managers Panel earlier on Friday.

The Scouts Research Committee first honored Hemond, a longtime SABR member, in 2001 and subsequently named the award after him. Hemond currently serves as president of the Association of Professional Baseball Players of America and helped organize the Arizona Fall League. He is a co-founder of the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation and serves on the board of the Scout of the Year Foundation.

Originally published: June 30, 2012. Last Updated: July 27, 2020.