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.
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Jongewaard played in the minor leagues from 1954 -1959 and ended his career with
the Seattle Rainiers. After baseball he opened a restaurant Bake 'n' Broil. He
also was a catcher for the TV Show, Home Run Derby, filmed at old Wrigley
Field, before became a bullpen catcher for the Los Angeles Angels.
Roger started his professional scouting career in 1973 with the Texas Rangers.
In 1976 he went to scout for the New York Mets and then in 1982 he went to
the Detroit Tigers, where they won a World Series in 1984. In 1986 he accepted
a promotion to scouting director with the Seattle Mariners and was
promoted 3 additional times. Roger was a scouts scout, but more
importantly, he was a visionary. He understood the value of the older scouts,
but he also knew the value to train the next generation of scouts, which he
did. Many of these scouts are still in the game today!
One of Rogers first signs was Roy Smalley, while
working for the Texas Rangers, who was the 1st pick of the 1974 amateur
January draft and played 13 years in the Major Leagues.
Roger then went into an expanded position with the
Detroit Tigers and signed
Doug Baker, and Colin Ward.
In 1984 The Detroit Tigers won the World
Roger's successes are well documented and he accepted the
Scouting Director position with the Seattle Mariners in
1986. Roger remained with Seattle until 2004, over 18 years, and was
very instrumental in the selection of their draft choices. If Roger would
have remained as just a scout, how many more Major Leaguers would he have
signed? Here are the reports Roger made
Alex Rodriquez and
There is always the Story behind the Story. In 1976 a couple of
pitchers came out to throw at Sawtelle Field at UCLA, which is now
Jackie Robinson Stadium. The first pitcher that came out to throw
Greg Harris from Long Beach City College, he was an undrafted
pitcher. I will never forget when he was warming up, he started throwing right
handed and then switched to throwing left handed. He then proceeded to display
one of the most incredible sliders any of us had ever seen from the right side.
I can remember
Glenn Mickens, our pitching coach at UCLA, saying to Gary Adams. "Heck that is
one of the best sliders I have ever seen". Well the rest is history as
Jongewaard signed him as a
free agent before he could attend UCLA, and
Greg Harris went on to play 15 years in
the Major Leagues.
That very same day, another pitcher,
Tim Leary, from Santa Monica High School came out to throw. After
the first few fastballs,
Glenn Mickens flagged down a Highway Patrol Car to time his
fastball. During that time radar guns were rarely used. Tim's
fastball was clocked at 93 miles an hour that day on a CHP Radar
Gun. Today that would probably be around 98 mph.
Three years later, when
Tim Leary was eligible to be drafted, Roger
Jongewaard drafted him with
the Mets. Tim lived the dream in 1988 pitching for his hometown team that
he watched growing up, the Los Angeles Dodgers. He helped lead the
Dodgers to a World Series Title going 17-11 with an ERA of 2.91. Well
guess what, while Roger was with the Mariners Tim joined him in Seattle,
and Tim went 11-9 in 1993, towards the end of his career.
such a big impact on so many. My Father, Joe Henderson, had the privilge to
work with him in Detroit and Seattle. Roger truly is a Hall of
Fame Scout, but even better than that he is a Hall of Fame