Problems are the price you pay for progress. -Branch Rickey- Every strike
brings me closer to to the next home run. -Babe Ruth- You can't think and
hit at the same time. -Yogi Berra- Baseball is ninety percent mental and
the other half is physical. -Yogi Berra- Ability is the art of getting
credit for all the home runs somebody else hits. -Casey Stengel- It's a
great day to play two. -Ernie Banks- A baseball manager is a necessary
evil. -Sparkey Anderson- There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.
-Bill Veeck- Content Slideshow
Flores played in the Major Leagues and signed with the
Cubs. He played in the Major leagues through 1950 with the Cubs,
Philadelphia, and Cleveland. Jesse or as when I knew him, Mr. Flores was
born in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico and was the 3rd Mexican born player to
reach the Major Leagues, and the first as a pitcher. Jesse started his baseball
scouting career in 1962 as a professional baseball scout and scouted for 27
years for the Minnesota Twins.
Jesse, when he became a scout went immediately to work with the Minnesota Twins
and helped shape their franchise for years to come, while dealing with a
scouting budget that was less than a number of teams during that era. It
didn’t take Jesse long to strike gold as he signed a local prospect
in Los Angeles in 1963,
Reggie Smith, who went on to hit
314 homeruns over 17 years in major league baseball.
Then in 1965 he drafted a third baseman out of San Diego State by the name of
Craig Nettles in the 4rth round who went on to have a stellar career
as a golden glove third baseman and hitting 390 homeruns and being selected 6
times to the all star team.
Craig Nettles didn't spend much time with the Twins as he traded
with Dean Chance, Ted Uhlaender, and a player to be named later to the
Cleveland Indians for Luis Tiant and Stan Williams.
While Jesse signed many good players, none may be better than
Blyleven, who he drafted in 1969 in
the third round out of high school and went on to win 287 games during his
career. Within one year, at the age of 19, for the Minnesota Twins in 1970 he
was in the Major Leagues and won 10 games. Just to measure that, how
many 19 year olds play in the Major Leagues today, let alone being drafted
in the 3rd round a year earlier? It's about seeing that good curveball and
being able to project that the fastball will increase with velocity.
Blyleven was inducted to the Hall of Fame
Another notable signing, Lyman Bostock, was
drafted in the 26th round of the 1972 amateur draft by the Twins out of
California State University Northridge. Within 3 years he was in the Major
Leagues and had a lifetime average of .311 and averaged 192 hits over a
162 game schedule. His hitting capabilities were often compared to Rod
Carew. After the season in 1977 he signed a lucrative free agent contract
with the California Angels only to tragically lose his life during the
season of 1978.
I was one of those lives he touched. Mr. Flores drafted me along with
a local scout in San Diego named Bob O'Reagan with the Twins. His belief in
me helped me on to College with a scholarship and eventually being