Minnesota Twins scouting director Mike Radcliffe has passed away.
American sports channel ESPN reported on the 5th (Korean time) that Radcliffe passed away in the suburbs of Kansas City after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He is 67 years old. “Radcliffe has been the heart and soul of our scouting department for over 30 years,” the Minnesota club said in an official statement.
Radcliffe started his first job with the Minnesota team in 1987. He managed a scouting staff of more than 60, in 1993 he was promoted to scouting director. When he was in charge of scouting, Zach Jones (2nd round, 1996), Michael Caudier (1st round, 1997), Justin Mono (3rd round, 1999), Dinard Spann (1st round, 2002), Glenn Perkins (1st round, 2004), etc. nominated by Minnesota.
The finishing touch is Joe Mauer, who was selected with the 1st overall pick in the 1st round of the 2001 rookie draft. That year, a large number of big players such as Mark Prior and Mark Teixeira came out, but Minnesota’s choice, which had the first overall pick, was ‘unexpected’. They chose “Homeboy” Mauer from St. Paul, Minnesota. On draft day 메이저놀이터, Radcliffe told MLB.com’s Jim Callis (then Baseball America) that Mauer’s swing reminded him of someone. I didn’t explain it specifically because I thought the comparison to a specific player would be burdensome for Mauer, but the player who was revealed years later was the ‘legend’ Ted Williams.
As Radcliffe predicted, Mauer became a “Minnesota legend.” He played for his hometown team Minnesota for 15 years, hitting 0.306, 143 home runs and 923 RBIs in 1858 games. He has become an indispensable player when talking about Minnesota history, building a bold and bold career, including being selected as an All-Star 6 times, Gold Glove 3 times, Silver Slugger 5 times, and hitting king 3 times.
Radcliffe is a person who has risen to the position of vice president of human resources in September 2007. He was named Scout of the Year in 2011 and was inducted into the Pro Scout Hall of Fame in July 2014. Former Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan remembered Radcliffe as saying, “He never had a big voice in the room, but he was the most respected person.”