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Vaux­hall Jets’ head coach joins Phillies or­ga­ni­za­tion as scout

- By Cole Parkin­son Al­berta News­pa­per Group Sports · MLB Baseball · Baseball · Philadelphia Phillies · Seattle Mariners · Seattle · New York Jets · United States of America

Af­ter 19 years with the Seat­tle Mariners or­ga­ni­za­tion as an am­a­teur scout, Les Mc­Tavish has joined the Philadel­phia Phillies in a sim­i­lar role.

With the COVID-19 pan­demic send­ing many pro­fes­sional teams to look deeper into their fi­nan­cials, Mc­Tavish found him­self with­out a new scout­ing con­tract late last year. De­spite a few months with­out a con­tract in place, he found a home with Philadel­phia and the move out east is a wel­come one for Mc­Tavish who is ex­cited to join a new or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“For 19 years I was with the Mariners in a sim­i­lar ca­pac­ity. With bud­get cuts and COVID, a lot of con­tracts weren’t re­newed late last fall. Con­tracts run un­til Oc­to­ber 31 so I was kind of in limbo. I had been talk­ing to two or three dif­fer­ent clubs to see if there was some in­ter­est and luck­ily the Phillies felt there was a need. I do have a good re­la­tion­ship with two or three peo­ple heav­ily in­volved with the Phillies and who I’ll work with di­rectly. I’ve known them for a long, long time so the tran­si­tion has been pretty lucky,” he ex­plained. “I’m ex­cited about it and the Phillies have a great or­ga­ni­za­tion. They’ve been re­ally sup­port­ive and they wel­comed me on board.”

While a new role in a new or­ga­ni­za­tion may lead to ex­pec­ta­tions of more time be­ing spent away from Vaux­hall and VAB but Mc­Tavish still has his eyes squarely fo­cused on the acad­emy. And with COVID-19 still fac­tor­ing into the sched­ule for the up­com­ing spring sea­son, Mc­Tavish is hard at work with the Jets try­ing to fi­nal­ize what games will be on tap come March.

“Noth­ing changes, I’m still the head coach of the acad­emy and that’s first and fore­most. My role with the Phillies will be sim­ple. I’m act­ing as a scout in West­ern Canada and I’ll help out wher­ever I can. But no, it doesn’t af­fect my Jets role at all, if any­thing, it prob­a­bly helps.”

When games do fi­nally start-up in Canada this spring, the scout­ing land­scape will cer­tainly look dif­fer­ent than in years pre-COVID. Whereas scouts saw teams up close and per­sonal in big tour­na­ments through­out the base­ball sea­son, Mc­Tavish doesn’t ex­pect to see much of that in Canada in 2021.

“Oh yes (scout­ing has changed), in our coun­try for sure. I know the U.S. has kind of been wide open and rock­ing and rolling but in Canada, I don’t think there is any­where in the coun­try that can play a game right now. Even if it was 25 de­grees so I think it will be a lot more in­di­vid­ual eval­u­a­tions. I think it will be a lot more smaller set­tings as op­posed to a gi­ant tour­na­ment or things of that na­ture.”

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