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How Scouting For Pro Baseball Players Is Like Scouting For Top Business Execs

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imageBrian Grey is an executive in residence at Polaris Ventures. Prior to Polaris, he was an SVP/GM of Fox Sports Interactive, which included overseeing the strategic direction and operations of, FOXSports Mobile, and His personal blog can be found here.

Here we are in late May, which means that the Major League Baseball player draft is just a couple weeks away. Many years ago, I spent a couple of springs running around the Bay Area scouting college and high-school baseball players for the Chicago White Sox. What I came to learn pretty quickly about scouting was the mix of art and science that went into the task.

The science part was pretty straight-forward: A radar gun could measure a pitcher

One Response to “How Scouting For Pro Baseball Players Is Like Scouting For Top Business Execs”

  1. Nice post DG and kudos on getting picked up by PaidContent. Baseball guy that I am, I will throw out on additional note to your piece — and only half in jest. In all of life, I have seen two skills for which there seem to be near infinite career potential — so much so that I occasionally mention these to new parents as "skills to seek for your child." The two skills that can make all the difference in business and baseball respectively are:

    – good web engineering talent
    – good left handed relief pitching

    Tell me I'm wrong. :-)