As baseball evolves, advance scouting largely turns to video

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June 30, 2018 - 4:00 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Baltimore manager Buck Showalter receives regular calls from veteran, out-of-work scouts looking for jobs.

Many are longtime baseball men who once hit the road to major league cities ahead of their clubs to offer detailed insight of upcoming opponents. Now, advance scouting for many teams has turned to technology: video from every angle and situation, and analytics.

“Advance scouting by humans is history,” said Bay Area-based Mets scout Shooty Babitt, who also works as an analyst on Oakland Athletics broadcasts. “Thank goodness I’m a scout who evaluates talent. Advance guys prepare strategy.”

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