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Gillick Is Best Evaluator of Talent in Baseball

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Pat Gillick scouted me, too.

OK, so maybe one of the greatest general managers of all time didn’t actually scout me in the traditional sense.

I was never a prospect for the major leagues, in the same way that I was never a prospect to date a supermodel.

But perhaps the greatest honor of my “career” — such as it was — is that I went through the same Gillick Test as Roberto Alomar, Jayson Werth, Ichiro Suzuki and all the great athletes who, you know, could actually play.

And at the time, I didn’t even know it.

See, my first day-to-day experience covering Major League Baseball came in 2005, as a backup Mariners writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Objectively speaking, the team was terrible...

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