September 26, 2021

Inside the Women’s Sports School’s first baseball scouting weekend (The Athletic)

PEORIA, Ariz. — As the sun was falling behind the mountains beyond the Peoria Sports Complex’s biggest ballpark on a Friday evening last month, professional baseball scouts settled into pockets of seats behind home plate. They had arrived for an Arizona Fall League game, but first pitch was two hours away. So the scouts did what they always do. They sat and talked quietly with one another about their lives and their jobs and baseball.

Years-old pop music was fading in and out of the stadium’s speakers. Prospects were taking batting practice, but the stadium was otherwise empty.

The scouts behind home plate were — well, they almost always are — all men.

Their attention drifted between the prospects and their conversations. But at one point, they noticed a group of people who had trooped into the stadium behind the first-base dugout. These people carried notepads, stopwatches and radar guns. They all wore matching purple shirts. And they were all…

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