Via Bob Elliott –
The New York Yankees have not had a scout in Canada since 2005. They are the only major league team without a Canadian in the majors or the minors.
When told of that fact scouting director Damon Oppenheimer replied: “That’s why we hired Denis Boucher.”
Boucher, of Lachine, Que., was in Tampa this week to pick up a new laptop, radar gun and learn about the Yanks’ system of scouting.
While Yankees-haters point to a $200-million US team payroll when New York captured the 2009 World Series, the Yanks themselves point to the 11 home growns on their roster: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Phil Coke.
A lefty with the Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos, Boucher previously scouted for Washington and the Expos.
For some reason, I want to say that someone, in one of the rotisserie leagues that I used to play in, had Denis Boucher on their roster back in the early ’90′s…
Well, it’s too late for Votto, but, maybe, finally getting a scout in Canada might help the Yankees spot and draft some talent from north of the border? Granted, there’s not a ton of talent there, but, you never know…