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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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48 Responses to “Yankees scout honored with Lifetime Achievement Award”

  1. Nick in SF January 6th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    In a similar vein, the Red Sox have announced a cyber-banquet to honor the crafty computer Carmen, which has been making personnel decisions for the club in recent years. The banquet will be co-hosted by John Lackey and Carl Crawford.

  2. Erin January 6th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Nick- :D

  3. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Eventually, they may be able to figure out what scouts belong in the HOF.

    Is George Genovese part of the Genovese Crime family? If so, Lucky Lucciano would have gotten The Lifetime Achievement Award.

  4. Erin January 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My day is officially complete:

    RobinsonCano Working hard, trabajando trabajando… lockerz.com/s/172213477

  5. Shame Spencer January 6th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Erin January 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My day is officially complete:

    RobinsonCano Working hard, trabajando trabajando… lockerz.com/s/172213477

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    Wow. Just… wow!

    I really need to start using my twitter more, Erin. I didn’t even know you tweeted at me until yesterday when a friend of mine who started following me (who I have yet to follow back) tried to show me all the cool stuff you can do on there lol.

  6. Erin January 6th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Shame- definitely start using it more. We can be Twitter buddies. ;)

  7. blake January 6th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Cano is gonna win the MVP in 2012.

  8. Erin January 6th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    blake January 6th, 2012 at 4:57 pm
    Cano is gonna win the MVP in 2012.

    *************

    I like the way you think Blake. ;)

  9. blake January 6th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Erin,

    He’s gonna put it all together one of these years…..why not this one!

  10. Shame Spencer January 6th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    He’s already the MVP in my heart.

  11. Shame Spencer January 6th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    And yes, Erin, I need a Twitter buddy lol, the Backstreet Boys don’t like to interact with me once. I don’t know why.. probably that whole binoculars in the bushes situation…

    And on that note – everyone have a good weekend!

  12. Nick in SF January 6th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Cano used his experiences in Taiwan as a spiritual springboard to greater success.

    It would also help if Manager Girardi bats Cano 3rd and Gardner/Jeter/Granderson get on base a lot.

  13. Warning Track Power January 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    blake January 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Canseco is bitter though and he left plenty of bread crumbs so that everyone knew who he was talking about….he mentioned people by name as well either in the book or in interviews after the book. I’ve heard him mention Alex, Mcguire, Pudge, etc……I doubt if his finances were in better shape and if he hadn’t been excommunicated from the game he would have written the book at all.
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    Canseco should be commended. The problem is, baseball officials don’t care for the man because he is actually telling the truth. Baseball does not want the truth. Baseball prefers to sweep controversy under the rug and protect the fans from the actual truth.

    Canseco’s book proved that he actually did have an idea about PED, Steroids and the players who were taking them.
    I don’t see anything wrong with his reason to write the book, as long as what he wrote
    was valid.
    Years later I think Canseco has proven that he was telling the truth, whether baseball officials liked it or not.

  14. Gary January 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    DONNYBROOK January 6th, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    Cashman sounds bored outta his mind. I guess he’s gettin’ tired of sitting at his desk All day stringing paper clips together.

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    The Yankees have gone to sleep. I sure hope they don’t play that way.

  15. Gary January 6th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    blake January 6th, 2012 at 4:57 pm
    Cano is gonna win the MVP in 2012.

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    Verlander made it alot easier now for a pitcher to claim the top prize. It’s not going to be as easy for a position player to grab the prize from now on.

    Blake maybe Yu Darvish wins the MVP in his rookie season :-)

  16. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Pitchers win an MVP Award about every 20 years. Hardly a trend setter.

  17. blake January 6th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    “Blake maybe Yu Darvish wins the MVP in his rookie season”

    there will be some mad folks around here if so….

    Warning track,

    If Canseco had done it because he wanted to clean up the game then maybe id say he were to be commended……but honestly I think he did it because he was jealous…because he wanted the money and because he wanted to get back at baseball…..

  18. disco stu January 6th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I am assuming that Cano is now entrenched in the 3rd spot in the lineup.

    If this is the case, I was wondering what people thought about moving Arod up to #2 like Torre did in his first year back in ’04.

    It decreases the need for Arod to regain his power stroke from the cleanup spot and we can put Granderson at #4 …

    So 1-5 would like this …

    Jeter
    Arod
    Cano
    Granderson
    Tex

    With this lineup there is no issue having Cano/Granderson (lefty/lefty) batting back to back because they are already doing that in the current lineup with Granderson batting 2nd – they just flip flop.

    The other thing it does is it might make teams less inclined to pitch around Granderson at cleanup if Tex is struggling, because he is a threat to steal if they walk him – so he gives us a combination of power and speed at the cleanup spot – which is something Arod no longer offers.

    Like I mentioned, having Arod batting 2nd is not without precedence with the Yankees … he did it back in ’04 and was very productive. If his power numbers are going to continue to wane, I just think having him at the top to set the table for Cano and Granderson might be maximizing his effectiveness, as well as Granderson’s – especially if he continues to crank another 40 homers – rather see him do to that from the middle of the lineup with more men on base.

    What do people think?

  19. pat January 6th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Canseco tried to extort guys to keep their name out of the book. He has truths in the book but can’t count on him having told all the truths or all the “truths” he told really being true.

  20. jacksquat January 6th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Of course Canseco wanted to get back at baseball, and baseball deserved it.

  21. jacksquat January 6th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    disco stu January 6th, 2012 at 5:33 pm
    I am assuming that Cano is now entrenched in the 3rd spot in the lineup.

    With Joe Girardi as manager I would definitley not assume that. He kept Teixeira’s underperformance vs rhp at #3 until the very end of the year.

  22. pat January 6th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Jim Rome better take a long look in the mirror before he calls anyone overpaid. He gets $30M yearly income from his radio show. :shock:

  23. blake January 6th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    “Of course Canseco wanted to get back at baseball, and baseball deserved it.”

    Eh….baseball didn’t waste all of his money……and baseball didn’t make him get old and bad as a player.

  24. blake January 6th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I think the Yankees best lineup probably would be

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Cano
    Granderson
    Arod
    Tex
    Montero
    Martin
    Gardner

    Though…..Alex in the two hole is interesting given that he does get on base a lot when healthy …….however I still am hopeful that the power will be back with better health.

  25. Gary January 6th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    blake January 6th, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    I think the Yankees best lineup probably would be

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Cano
    Granderson
    Arod
    Tex
    Montero
    Martin
    Gardner

    Though…..Alex in the two hole is interesting given that he does get on base a lot when healthy …….however I still am hopeful that the power will be back with better health.

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    Blake you got the $20+M crowd batting 5 & 6 too funny.

  26. blake January 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Gary,

    Against LHP Tex should hit 3rd or 4th……but the last two seasons against RHP he’s been one of the worst hitters on the team……hopefully that’ll change this year.

  27. RMS January 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Cashman sounds bored outta his mind. I guess he’s gettin’ tired of sitting at his desk All day stringing paper clips together.
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    Since Cashman is so concerned with the budget, use Pena as a back-up infielder. That way he can save money and not sign Chavez.
    Maybe he should concentrate on pitching. A backup infielder is a low priority,

  28. CashmanSUX January 6th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    One of the funniest headlines I’ve ever seen:

    “Yankees quiet since Nakajima decision”

    I wasn’t aware that the “Nakajima decision” was made TWO YEARS AGO!

  29. tomingeorgia January 6th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Jeez, everybody! Resign Colon, go into the season with last year’s roster, minus Posada, plus Montero. 99 wins.

  30. CashmanSUX January 6th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    This organization has had the same massive hole at the top of the their rotation for two years and counting.

    They will continue to get kicked to the gutter in the postseason if they don’t do something about it. Filling that hole doesn’t GUARANTEE a World Series, but NOT filling it guarantees they go home early, if they make it at all.

  31. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Pretty crappy move to take advantage of his opt-out clause. No better than Rodriguez now.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gible.html

  32. tomingeorgia January 6th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Fandom at a low ebb,

  33. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    tomingeorgia January 6th, 2012 at 6:59 pm
    Fandom at a low ebb,

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    Tom,

    I’ll bet there is almost nothing said about this opt-out. What’s worse? Your agent putting it out there during an 8th inning of a final game of the WS or waiting until all of the pitching is gone friom the trade and FA market?

  34. CashmanSUX January 6th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Why is “the trade and free agent market” an issue with Porcello???

    The guy is under team control through 2015 and everybody on the PLANET that’s paid even casual attention knew full well that this move was coming.

  35. tomingeorgia January 6th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    GB7,
    I’m going o try to get down to Savannah some time this summer. Where should I sit?

  36. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Tom,

    Just ask for my suite. In berween the dugouts is ideal, on either side. Really not a bad seat in Grayson Stadium. Easy to get to and out of. Bring insect repellent, though. If you pull up Grayson Stadium site, you can order tickets and chose the seats.

  37. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    CashmanSUX January 6th, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    Why is “the trade and free agent market” an issue with Porcello???

    The guy is under team control through 2015 and everybody on the PLANET that’s paid even casual attention knew full well that this move was coming.

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    Calm down, Chauncey, It was a joke because of all the whining on here about Rodriguez’ opt-out.

  38. CashmanSUX January 6th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    “Chauncey”???

    BILLOPS????

    I wish! I’d have a bigger wallet AND a bigger Johnson!

  39. raymagnetic January 6th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    :shock:

  40. Jerkface January 6th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Its a joke that doesn’t make sense in any context. It sounds like you’re just being petulant about arods opt out and then trying to draw a false equivalency to porcello while completely misinterpretting what porcellos opt out accomplishes. Which in this case is nothing but benefit as a yankee rival is forced to pay more for arbitration.

  41. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    From MLBTR

    If these numbers are even close, you gotta make a run for it.

    “Here’s the latest on Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes…

    •A source says Cespedes’ eventual contract will be in the range of four years and $32MM, writes MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. “Several teams have backed away” from Cespedes’ original goal of an eight-year, $60MM contract. Frisaro says the Marlins are among the teams still very interested in the Cuban prospect.
    •Also from Frisaro, Cespedes is tentatively expected to establish residency in the Dominican Republic on January 15, and then the outfielder will petition Major League Baseball for free agent status.”

  42. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Money amounts have nothing to do with it. He signed a contract for swcurity and no regrets it. I don’t care one way or the other who opts out if the teams agreed to it.

    So, FO, jackass.

  43. GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    ***security***

  44. CashmanSUX January 6th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Agreed.

    But it won’t happen. Ready yourself for some more October pants sh*tting from Nick Swisher.

  45. CashmanSUX January 6th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Not sure how a player using an opt-out clause became a bad thing or shows the player in any sort of bad light.

    It’s a clause in the contract and it’s there for a reason and the team involved had to agree to it or the player wouldn’t have it.

    It’s like people criticizing players for using their no-trade clause. It’s there for a reason. Does anybody think for a SECOND that if the Yankees had an opt-out clause for ARod’s deal they wouldn’t be using it???

  46. Jerkface January 6th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    He obviously didn’t regret signing the contract because it gave him an opt out which he then chose to use. Cry more and continue making your stupid comparisons that make no sense.

  47. Jerkface January 6th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    If you wanted to complain about player options/opt outs then just complain about that. You were drawing a direct comparison to arod and trying to be like huh huh why’s no one upset about this???? Which is just dumb.

  48. RMS January 6th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Money amounts have nothing to do with it. He signed a contract for swcurity and no regrets it. I don’t care one way or the other who opts out if the teams agreed to it.

    So, FO, jackass.
    GreenBeret7 January 6th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    ***security***
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    Get spell check or a dictionary.

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