NOVEMBER 18, 2014 (5:00 AM)
Jeff Taylor, a member of the Mid Atlantic Scouts Hall of Fame, passed away on Monday, November 17. Jeff was a pro scout with the Cincinnati Reds. He previously worked for the Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, and Rangers.
Prior to his scouting career, Jeff pitched in the Yankees system. Jeff was inducted into the MASA Hall of Fame in 2013. He was named crosschecker of the year by the Mid Atlantic Scouts in 2000.
NOVEMBER 10, 2014 (3:30 PM)
Banquet A Big Success
The 24th annual Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame banquet was held on November 8 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. A very good crowd was on hand to hear guest speaker Dallas Green reflect on some of the scouts he has worked with during his illustrious career.
Tom Burns (Padres), Mike Maggart (Astros-retired), and Ron Rizzi (Nationals) were inducted into the MASA Hall of Fame. Their names will be added to the plaque at Camden Yards, which lists all 117 MASA Hall of Famers.
Joe McIlvaine (Mariners) was honored for his exemplary career in professional baseball. Dan Nellum (Brewers) received the scout of the year award. MarcTramuta (Mets) accepted the crosschecker of the year award. Gary Shesko (Orioles) picked up the part time scout of the year award.
Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds All Star catcher, was presented the "outstanding achievement in pro baseball" award. Nick Wells, now a highly regarded prospect with Toronto, received the Nick Adenhart amateur player of the year award commemorating his brilliant season at Battlefield High School. John Carey (Baltimore Redbirds) was recognized for his contribution to amateur baseball.
Fred Manfra, one of the radio voices of the Orioles, did his usual great job as master of ceremonies. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all those in attendance.
NOVEMBER 4, 2014 (8:00 PM)
Brad Kohler, a MASA Hall of Famer, passed away on Monday, November 3. Brad was a scout for 41 years working for the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Pilots, and Milwaukee Brewers before joining the MLB scouting bureau in 1974.
Brad was inducted into the Mid Atlantic Scouts Hall of Fame in 1999. He was the MASA scout of the year in 1991. Brad was also a member of the PA American Legion Sports Hall of Fame.