He was an infielder but didn’t profile as a shortstop. He wasn’t a burner on the basepaths. And he wasn’t a real big guy.
Maybe Rougned Odor reminded former LSU second baseman Mike Daly a little bit of himself when, as the Rangers’ Director of International Scouting, he saw more in Odor than anyone else around baseball did and signed the 16-year-old Venezuelan in January 2011 for a mere $425,000.
Daly also didn’t have a ton of power from the right side, and maybe that helped endear (lefty) Nomar Mazara to him when, six months after he signed Odor, Daly signed the 16-year-old Dominican to a international amateur record-setting $4.95 million bonus.
Here’s a photo from seven years ago today:
There’s an Oriole first baseman and a Tiger second baseman and a White Sox lefthander and a free agent righthander.
CD, Kins, Dutch, and Tommy were at that year’s Newberg Report Book Release Party.
They won’t be there this year, and neither (I think) will Rougie or Nomar.
But Daly, now an Assistant GM with the Rangers, will be.
Fellow Assistant GM Jayce Tingler has a family commitment and won’t be able to make it.
But Special Assistant/Player Development Roy Silver will be there, and if you don’t know Roy’s story and his importance to this franchise, pick up Josh Hamilton’s book or Google Josh’s name with Roy’s — or Matt Bush’s with Roy’s — and you’ll be glad you did.
Josh and Matt both worked for Roy at Winning Inning Baseball Academy in Clearwater, Florida, and, four years apart, lived in the same room as they each tried to get their baseball careers, and their lives, back on track.
Bush is done as a position player, as is Mike Daly, who was instrumental in signing him as well.
Roy and Mike will be there Thursday night (6:00, Bedford Ice House, 2250 Airport Freeway, Bedford, Texas 76022).
As will Matt.
I’m expecting more players, too, and will let you know who when I know.
If you plan to be there, please remember to load up on new and unwrapped toys and books to help support the Rangers Foundation’s Cowboy Santas Toy Drive program. I’ll have the 2017 Bound Edition on hand, as well as the books from the two World Series seasons, and our Rangers guests will sign them (or whatever else you bring — but to move things along we will ask you to limit your autographs to three items per player/club official).
See you Thursday.