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Thanks for Trout, but we don't need you anymore


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Greg Morhardt, the scout who received a lot of credit for the Angels' prescient decision to select superstar Mike Trout in the 2009 draft as a little-known high school player out of Millville, N.J., has been told he will not be renewed by the Angels, becoming the second scout involved with that pick to be let go by the team.


Morhardt, a longtime baseball person who previously worked for the Mets, will hope to hook on with another club. Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, who's a candidate for GM of the year considering the Angels' stellar season and best record in baseball, declined comment on the decision not to renew Morhardt except to say he wished Morhardt well.

Morhardt, an area scout at the time of the Trout pick who was eventually promoted to national cross-checker, had a great story to tell about Trout. Morhardt happened to play in the Twins minor leagues in the 1980s with Mike Trout's father, Jeff Trout.




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The guy who convinced the Cardinals to draft Pujols 402nd overall now stocks shelves at Wal-Mart.



Supposedly there was a scout with the Devil Rays who was so pissed that the team passed on Pujols 13 times that he actually quit his job in frustration.

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