Tag:De Jon Watson
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:09 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 10:20 am
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

By C. Trent Rosecrans

This story has a Hollywood dateline, and that's only fitting. Francisco "Chico" Herrera's story could be the next great baseball movie.

On Thursday, Herrera had a tryout with the Dodgers. What's the hook? Herrera is a Dodgers batboy and he was "discovered" by Los Angeles pitcher Jon Garland, who recommended the shortstop from Valley College in North Hollywood.

"Jon Garland and I were playing catch in the outfield," Herrera told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. "He was hurting at the time, but he could still play catch and he's like, 'You really do have a good arm. When are you going to try out?'"

Garland told Herrera that he'd talk to assistant GM De Jon Watson and get him a tryout -- the only catch was that if Herrera signed, Garland wanted to be his agent.

"I thought he was kidding," Herrera told Shelburne.

Garland wasn't. Watson got in touch with Herrera and lined up his tryout. That tryout happened on Thursday. It's improbable that Herrera will get signed, but if he does? It could be one of the greatest baseball stories of all time, up there with former Devil Rays pitcher Jim Morris, who got a movie and stint in the big leagues out of his open tryout.

The 22-year-old Herrera has been a batboy the last four years and it's not just Garland who has noticed he has some legitimate baseball skills. Here's a catch he made last year while working:



Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:30 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:23 pm
 

D-Backs down to 2 for GM

The Diamondbacks general manager race is down to two, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert writes .

It appears the next general manager in Arizona will be either interim GM Jerry Dipoto or former Padres GM Kevin Towers.

Dodgers assistant general managers Logan White and De Jon Watson, as well as Angels scouting director Eddie Bane, have been told they are no longer candidates, Gilbert reports.

The team is expected to make a final decision this week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:05 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm
 

D-Backs interview 5 for GM spot

The Diamondbacks finished interviewing five candidates for their general manager position on Wednesday, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.

The team interviewed interim GM Jerry Dipoto, former Padres GM Kevin Towers, Angels scouting director Eddie Bane and Dodgers assistant GMs Logan White and De Jon Watson.

None of those names are any surprise. Dipoto and Towers had been seen as the leading candidates since the beginning.

Gilbert speculates the team could have a GM in place as soon as next week. The team said it wanted a GM in place by the end of the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:22 pm
 

D-Backs zeroing in on GM candidates

The Arizona Diamondbacks have said they'd like a new general manager in place as soon as possible, and now the team reportedly will begin interviewing people over the "next couple of weeks."

FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi has a list of six the Diamondbacks are expected to interview, including interim GM Jerry Dipoto. Morosi says sources tell him Arizona's higher-ups were satisfied with Dipoto's deadline-deals after he took over for Josh Byrnes.

The others listed by Morosi are current assistant GM Peter Woodfork, former Padres GM Kevin Towers, the Yankees' Damon Oppenheimer, the Dodgers' De Jon Watson and Logan White.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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