• Yankees Finally Get A Scout For Canada

    Posted by on February 20th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    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…

    Comments on Yankees Finally Get A Scout For Canada

    1. Evan3457
      February 20th, 2010 | 3:21 pm

      There’s enough talent up there to make it worth it.

      There are 33 players born in Canada who played in the majors sometime in the last decade, including active players Votto, Scott Thorman, Michael Saunders, Justin Morneau, Russell Martin, Ryan Dempster, Jesse Crain, Erik Bedard, and Jason Bay.

      About time the Yanks did this. The fact that they didn’t have a Canadian scout before this is a strike against Cashman (even if the decision to not have one before this was made below his level, he should’ve overruled it.)

    2. 77yankees
      February 21st, 2010 | 10:34 pm

      Maybe Cashman subscribes to Peter Griffin’s theory:


      Well, maybe after watching our hockey team beat them, they’re right – LOL.

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