Bob Engle, who in his role as the Mariners’ vice president of international operations has been involved in the signing of Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda, among numerous other players, is among the 2011 Scout of the Year honorees.
Hall of Famer Pat Gillick, under whom Engle worked in Toronto before moving to Seattle when Gillick became the Mariners’ general manager, will present the award to Engle at a banquet. While with the Blue Jays, Engle was involved in the scouting and signing of Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter, both of whom later won Cy Young Awards, as did Hernandez. In fact, as I detailed here, Engle had a hand in four Cy Young winners. He has been involved in scouting since 1974, when the Orioles hired him as their Midwest scouting supervisor.
The other winners this year are Mike Radcliff,. vice president of player personnel for the Minnesota Twins, and Mel Didier, special advisor for the Toronto Blue Jays. Didier was director of player development for the Mariners in 1977-78.
The Scout of the Year program was founded in 1984 by scouts Tony Pacheco, Jim Russo, and Hugh Alexander. The first honoree was the legendary Howie Haak of the Pirates. The advisory board consists of
former Rangers, Indians and Tigers general manager Joe Klein;, former White Sox and Orioles GM Roland Hemond;, long-time scouts Gary Hughes and Dan Jennings; and Linda Pereira, long-time executive with the San Jose Giants.