The Dodgers have gone country.
Really... They've gone to the eastern reaches of Virginia to snag away an executive with the Washington Nationals. His name is Roy Clark, and I hear he's mighty good with a banjo and a fiddle (I jest).
Seemingly with billions of dollars at their disposal, the Dodgers continue to build a strong foundation. They appear to be using a three-pronged approach that includes adding veterans to help the team win now, shoring up their farm system to create talent for the future, and adding the right personnel to implement their plans.
As a friend once told me,
Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor PerformanceThe Dodgers look like they've taken that saying to heart.
From a Dodgers press release:
"We are pleased to bring in someone of Roy's experience and his strong track record of evaluating potential Major League players," said Colletti. "He has been an integral part of the success of Atlanta and Washington."On a side note, isn't it weird how much our Roy Clark looks like Roy Clark, the country musician? It's like the man from Hee Haw found the fountain of youth (he is 80 years old) and decided on a new vocation as a Baseball stud. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case. After all, what else would you expect from the man who sang, "Yesterday, When I Was Young".
In his role with the Dodgers (as a National Crosschecker), Clark will be helping to scout amateur talent throughout the country as well as evaluating the club's current minor leaguers.
"Roy is an excellent talent evaluator and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Dodgers," said Dodger Vice President, Amateur Scouting Logan White. "He's a terrific addition and I'm looking forward to teaming him with Paul Fryer and John Green as National Crosscheckers."
Clark previously was the Nationals' Vice President of Player Personnel and oversaw the club's drafts from 2010-12, which included the selection of Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in 2010. In Washington, Clark was instrumental in overhauling the club's player development system, stocking the organization with talented prospects and earning the Nationals recognition from Baseball America as the best minor league system in baseball in 2012.
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