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Longtime baseball professional scout Gary Hughes dies at 79

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Gary Hughes, a beloved skilled scout for quite a few huge league organizations throughout a 54-year profession, has died in Northern California after a battle with most cancers. He was 79.

Hughes was a daily at Bay Space ballparks in recent times working for the Crimson Sox and Diamondbacks. Arizona introduced his dying in an announcement Saturday, saying he handed earlier within the day.

“Gary Hughes was the quintessential baseball man,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned. “He coached at varied ranges. He scouted. He developed gamers. And he helped put collectively main league rosters.”

Hughes had lived for years within the scenic coastal metropolis of Santa Cruz.

“Gary’s impression on the sport of baseball was exceeded solely by the variety of pals he made all through it,” the Diamondbacks mentioned. “He was a member of the Giants, Mariners, Mets, Yankees, Expos, Marlins, Rockies, Reds, Cubs and Crimson Sox organizations earlier than becoming a member of the D-backs and it was an honor to have a legend like him be a part of our household for 2 seasons.”

A member of the Skilled Baseball Scouts Corridor of Fame, Hughes all the time was a well-liked determine when he turned up earlier than video games with a briefcase and an enormous grin, able to work or share his baseball data with real care and love for the sport.

“He scouted me in highschool, I’ve recognized Gary for that lengthy,” A’s supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned. “I take into account him a buddy, buddy. I knew he was struggling some, I knew he went into hospice. It’s terrible.”

Throughout his years with the Cubs, Hughes was Jim Hendry’s right-hand man helping in lots of issues – even dealing with media duties on the winter conferences in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in December 2006 when Hendry was rushed to a hospital.

“With out Gary Hughes, I in all probability would have by no means performed a day within the huge leagues,” mentioned Kevin Millar, a 12-year main league veteran. “Gary was probably the most real, sweet-hearted baseball minds that you might ever be round. We went the total circle as he signed me in 1993 and launched me in 2010. He was my first and final hug in professional ball. I’ll all the time be glad about him believing in me, this undrafted child, who beloved the sport and simply needed to satisfy his dream of enjoying within the huge leagues.”

Hughes was thrilled to share tales of his days scouting baseball gamers who grew to become NFL stars: John Elway and John Lynch earlier than they picked soccer as a substitute.

“They threw away the mildew after Gary,” longtime govt Tony Siegle mentioned. “He was all the time on the proper place on the proper time. Gary set a typical for serving to to make groups win. There’ll by no means be one other like him.”

Hughes labored because the Expos’ scouting director and Marlins assistant normal supervisor. In Montreal, he helped purchase catcher Jerry Goff from Seattle in 1990. Jerry is father to star Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Hughes was thrilled when Jared Goff reached the Tremendous Bowl in February 2019.

“Greater than something, he was an amazing particular person, an awesome storyteller and a buddy to everybody whose path he crossed,” the Diamondbacks mentioned. “He can be missed by so many and our ideas are together with his household together with his sons, Sam and (Michael) ‘Rock,’ who stick with it his legacy within the sport.”

On Aug. 21, 2017, Hughes made positive to get right down to the sphere to greet Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell on the Brewers’ supervisor’s birthday. Hughes’ son, Michael “Rock” Hughes, longtime Marlins visiting clubhouse supervisor, is married to Counsell’s sister.

One other son, Sam, is the Yankees’ nationwide crosschecker.

“Gary was one of many sport’s nice personalities and have become one of many all-time greats on the earth of scouting,” Yankees normal supervisor Brian Cashman mentioned. “He began with the Yankees in 1978, his first full-time scouting job for 9 years. He had a heavy hand in a number of world championships for a lot of groups however most significantly he was an incredible particular person and an amazing father. He can be dearly missed.”

Hughes was born on Feb. 2, 1941.

“Gary was one of many nice baseball scouts,” former baseball Commissioner Bud Selig mentioned, “and one of many nice baseball minds of our technology.”


AP Baseball Author Ronald Blum contributed to this report.


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