• Bill Livesey Returns To Yankees

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Via the AP

    Bill Livesey was hired by the New York Yankees as a pro scout on Thursday, 13 years after he was fired as vice president for player development and scouting.

    Livesey, who oversaw the Yankees’ draft when they selected Derek Jeter with the sixth pick in 1992, was with the Yankees from 1977-95 as a minor league manager, area scout, national crosschecker and farm director.

    The baseball and soccer coach at St. Petersburg’s Eckerd College from 1972-77, he was hired as Tampa Bay’s director of player of personnel a week after he was fired by the Yankees.

    He became special assistant to the general manager for Toronto in November 2001, then was hired as special assistant to the GM of the New York Mets in December 2003.

    Livesey was the Yankees Director of Player Development from 1980 to 1982 and their Scouting Director from 1991 through 1995 – and he was their Director of Player Development, again, in 1996. So, he knows the drill in New York. Related to him, back on February 6, 2008, I wrote:

    In any event, now, it’s pretty clear to me that Lin Garrett clogged up, if not destroyed, the Yankees talent pipeline that was manned pretty well by personnel such as Brian Sabean and Bill Livesey (the Scouting Directors before Garrett) – as well as Gene Michael and Bob Watson (the G.M.’s before Cashman). And, it wasn’t until Lin Garrett was “reassigned” that the pipeline began to flow again.

    So, yes, you can say I’m happy to see him have a role again in the Yankees organization. Now, if the Yanks could get his son to come back too…well…that would be twice as nice…

    Comments on Bill Livesey Returns To Yankees

    1. David
      October 24th, 2008 | 8:21 pm

      Looks like the Yanks have finally realized that having the most money won’t allow them to buy enough top players to dominate baseball. Top free agents cost too much. But, the Yanks should be able to hire the very best executives, analysts, scouts, managers, and coaches throughout their organization. Dumping Garrett and hiring Livesy sound like steps in the right direction. Too bad they didn’t get Bowa back.

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