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Yankees scout honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 06, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation has announced that former Yankees scouting director Bill Livesey will be honored with the foundation’s George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting. Here are the details from the foundation, with a lengthy press released trimmed to include the Yankees details.

Longtime scout Donald Pries, and influential Yankee developer, Bill Livesey, will receive the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s 9th Annual “In The Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectacular on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

Alongside Pries and Livesey, six other scouts will be awarded the Legends of Scouting Award. Moose Stubing, Joe McDonald, Jack Bloomfield, Gib Bodet, Carl Loewenstine, and Bill Clark will all be recognized for their contributions to scouting at the annual affair.

The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation has helped baseball scouts in need due to job loss, illness or financial hardships over the past seven years through the success of the annual “In the Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectacular. Dennis Gilbert heads the foundation that has raised in excess of $1 million to support scouts in need.

Bill Livesey began his run with the Yankee organization in 1977. He started off as a manager for the minor league Paintsville Yankees before getting into player development in 1980. In 1991 he became the scouting director for the Yankees for two years before becoming the Vice President of player development and scouting for another two years. During this time, Livesey played a large part in the development of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera. These players went on to form the legendary team of Yankees in the late 1990’s.

Livesey left the Yankees in 1995 to join the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the director of player personnel. In 2001 he was hired on as a special assistant to the General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays and three years later was hired for the same position with the New York Mets. In 2008 he returned back to the New York Yankees as a professional scout. Livesey has participated in three World Series championship seasons with the Yankees.

US Army Veteran, Jack Bloomfield, played professional baseball for 12 years in the United States and Japan. After his playing career he became a Major League hitting and infield coach with the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs for five years. For 31 years he served as a Major League scout for the Padres, Yankees, Astros, and Rockies. After spending 50 years in Professional Baseball, Bloomfield retired in 2004 and was elected to the Texas Scouts Hall of Fame.

Tickets and sponsorship packages are available to the public by calling (818) 224-3906.

The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation (PBSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2003 to provide emergency resources through the awarding of grants to scouts (or their immediate family) whose circumstances have created a financial need. We have been fortunate enough to help with such items as house and car payments, medical services including insurance, and daily living expenses up to and including funeral costs. Our mission is to create a financial bridge for those scouts by generating funds through contributions so that the PBSF may continue to help them get back on their feet. For more information visit www.probaseballscouts.com.

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