Bob Engle of the Seattle Mariners, the Twins' Mike Radcliff and Mel Didier of the Toronto Blue Jays were named 2011 Scout of the Year winners on Wednesday, in the 28th year of the program. Each of the recipients were recognized for their respective 25-plus years in baseball. Engle, the Mariners' vice president of international operations since 2000, previously worked as the Blue Jays' director of scouting from 1990-95. During his tenure in Toronto, Engle oversaw the drafting of future aces Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay. After moving on to Seattle, Engle led the acquisition of 16-year-old Felix Hernandez in 2002. Radcliff began his career in 1982 with the Major League Scouting Bureau as an area scout and crosschecker. In 1987, Radcliff joined the Twins as an area scout, before he was elevated to scouting director. He filled that role from 1994-2007, and was later promoted to his current position of vice president of player personnel. During his tenure, Radcliff led the build up of the Twins' roster, including the signings of Joe Mauer, A.J. Pierzynski and Matt Garza.More
Didier, currently the special advisor to the Blue Jays, held the title of scouting director with the Montreal Expos from 1970-75, director of player development for the Mariners from '77-78, special assistant in the D-backs' general manager's office from 1999-2002 and as senior adviser, Arizona operations and pro scouting for the Texas Rangers until 2008. Didier also coached the baseball team and served as athletic director at the University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1981-82.
Jon Star is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less