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Dodgers News: Legendary Scout Mike Brito Passes Away At 87

When you think of the Los Angeles Dodgers, there are a few names that immediately come to mind. Guys like Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Sandy Koufax, and Clayton Kershaw all immediately come to mind. But you would find it difficult to find another guy with more impact on a franchise than Mike Brito. 

The Dodgers announced yesterday before the game that the legendary scout had passed away at the age of 87. The team also held a moment of silence for him before taking on the Cubs to kick off a 4-game series. 

Brito came to the Dodgers back in the ’70s and was hired on as a full-time Mexican League scout. In 1979, Brito had general manager Al Campanis sign an 18-year-old lefty out of Mexico by the name of Fernando Valenzuela. The rest was history. 

“My heart is very heavy today. Mike was a great man and instrumental in my success as a baseball player on and off the field. No one loved the Dodger organization more than Mike, and we will all miss him very much. My prayers go out to his wife, Rosario, and all of his family and friends.” -Fernando Valenzuela

But Valenzuela was far from the only talent that Brito brought to the Dodgers. He was also responsible for the signings of 32 totally Major League players, including Julio Urías and Yasiel Puig. His impact on the team is something that the average fan might not even know about. 

But with that trademark hat and cigar combined with his keen eye for talent. Brito was one of the greatest to ever do it. He will be missed greatly in the Dodgers organization. 

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