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Monday, January 27, 2014

PG mourns the loss of Scott Dean

David Rawnsley        
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A vitally important part of the Perfect Game operations are the event scouts who run the fields at WWBA and BCS tournaments and contribute at select showcases as well.  There are a small handful of them that travel the country and manage fields for Perfect Game.  They share hotel rooms and rental cars and early breakfasts/late dinners with the rest of the PG road warriors.  They are part of the Perfect Game family.

We lost one of the best and most beloved of that group yesterday when Scott Dean passed away at the young age of 28.
Scott was never afraid to do extra work and you would never hear him complain about having to do extra work. He loved the game of baseball. He was a catcher for two years at Tennessee and was working as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Farragut High School in Knoxville, one of the top high school programs in the country.  It wasn’t uncommon for Scott to proudly show us pictures of his latest field projects back at Farragut or talk up his players.

He played behind two big leaguers, one in high school (Michael McKenry) and another in college (J.P. Arencibia).
Scott’s future in baseball was very bright and could have gone many directions.  He was an outstanding scout who no doubt was on a path to become a full-time scout if he’d wanted to, whether that be with Perfect Game or with a professional team.  He had a quiet and confident way of breaking down players and sharing his opinions on a prospect.  It was an opinion that we all highly valued and sought out.
But the Perfect Game family valued Scott more as a person and a friend and felt as if we were just getting to know him.
We will miss him.
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