Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mailbag: A Dodger Scout

Many collectors out there might think I'm crazy, but I love this card. Of course, I didn't pull one out of a box of 2009 Bowman wax otherwise I might have been a little disappointed that this card would count as a hit. Nevertheless, this card is one of my favorites. It is a Baseball scout card autographed by former Dodgers scout Clarence Johns.

As the card states on the reverse, Clarence Johns was the man who saw potential in a stocky kid from Canada named Russell Martin. He convinced the Dodgers to pick Martin in the 17th round of the 2002 draft and signed him to the club, thereby foregoing a scholarship to go to North Carolina State. Clarence Johns also was responsible for the signing of former Dodger prospect Xavier Paul.

Johns is not longer in the Dodger organization, but sits in a rosier position today. He is currently the East Coast Scouting Supervisor for the Houston Astros. I had actually sent a message to the Astros PR department seeking a brief email interview with Johns, but was rebuffed. Unfortunately, the Astros have a policy to not allowing interviews of their scouts. Oh, well.


  1. Would not be proud of a man that owes back child support and has neglected his child and responsibilities

  2. ... um... yhea... I don't know anything about his personal life and, frankly, it's none of business... likely, it probably is your business (either as attorney or disgruntled wife/relative)... i wonder though, was writing that comment really necessary? I'm sure it made you feel better, but really?

    I'll allow the comment to stay up, but it still boggles my mind. I guess I'm of the mind that if you want to make this kind of criticism don't do it anonymously- i find it to be cowardly.

  3. He's the coward. He's the one who's constantly running.


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