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Mike Brito, Influential Dodger Scout in Mexico, Dies at 87


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Brito’s other signings include the present Dodgers starter, Julio Urias, who won 20 games in 2021; the mercurial outfielder Yasiel Puig, who’s Cuban; pitchers Ismael Valdez, Joakim Soria, Antonio Osuna, Victor Gonzalez and Dennys Reyes; shortstop Juan Castro and the outfielder Karim Garcia. One other of his finds, Bobby Castillo, a converted third baseman often known as Babo, taught Valenzuela the best way to throw a screwball.

“I’m not lying to you,” Brito told The Los Angeles Times in 2011. “Inside every week, Fernando was throwing the screwball nearly as good as Babo.”

“For a lot of, many prospects from Mexico, he was a God,” Jaime Jarrín, a Dodgers’ Spanish-language broadcaster since 1959, told Baseball America last yr. “They loved him because he protected them.”

Mike Brito was born on Aug. 21, 1934, in Cuba and was a catcher who, starting in 1955, played three seasons within the lower tiers of the Washington Senators’ minor league system, then several seasons within the Mexican League.

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After retiring, he moved to Los Angeles, where he found work as a truck driver and arrange an adult amateur league that he also played in.

Scouting became his option to stay in baseball. “Because of God, I became a scout within the Mexican League,” he said in a brief video profile, “The White Hat & Wild Horse: The Scout Who Found Puig.” When he was asked by Dodgers General Manager Al Campanis to work for the team, he recalled considering, “It’s like you discover a man within the desert and ask him if he wants a glass of water.

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