Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis was named to the list of the top 35 ‘behind the scenes talents shaping baseball’ under the age of 35 by the top-notch publication The Athletic. Dodgers first-year hitting coach and new-age pioneer Robert Van Scoyoc was also named to the list.
Here is a link to the rest of those who made the top 35 (Davis is the only broadcaster and Van Scoyoc is the only hitting coach):
35 under 35: A look some of the young behind-the-scenes talent shaping baseball, from coaches and managers to broadcasters and social media directors, the league and the union, front-office execs, analysts, agents and more: https://t.co/3iqPCY9OBd
— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) August 19, 2019
Former columnist at the Los Angeles Times and recent addition to The Athletic, Andy McCullough, penned some kind words in regards to Joe Davis:
“A couple of years ago, Davis, 31, took one of baseball’s most enviable — and intimidating — jobs: Replacing Vin Scully behind the mic at Dodgers Stadium. He has emerged from Scully’s shadow as the voice of a team trying to make history of their own.”
Robert Van Scoyoc
Pedro Moura of The Athletic also penned some words about Dodgers hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc:
“Because he worked with so many of the Dodgers in the minor leagues, teaching them their swings when he was consulting, Van Scoyoc is responsible for how smooth the transition to the big leagues has been for several rookies this season. Will Smith, Matt Beaty and Edwin Ríos all credit him, and all have been better than expected. Unlike many hitting coaches, Van Scoyoc already knows exactly how players’ swings work when they reach the majors, and how to monitor them. It’s worth taking a look at how he taught them.”
Both are well deserving of the honor, with Davis filling the shoes of Vin Scully in admirable fashion and Van Scoyoc pioneering a new age of offensive firepower for the Dodgers.