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Hughes earns scouting honor

Hughes earns scouting honor

CHICAGO -- Longtime scout Gary Hughes, now a special assistant with the Cubs, was named on Tuesday one of 12 to be inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.

This is the second year of honorees, with the selections announced by The Goldklang Group, and sponsored by The Topps Company.

Hughes, who was named a special assistant to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry in October 2002, has spent 40-plus years in professional baseball, beginning as a scout with the San Francisco Giants in 1967. In December '07, Hughes received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Baseball America.

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The criteria for induction into the scouts' Hall includes a minimum of 20 years of pro scouting experience, with selection based on a combination of success in the field and contributions made to the game in other areas of the sport, professional or amateur. It also includes the scout's involvement and dedication to the local community that is honoring him through induction.

The inductees will be commemorated with their names on the walls at the six Minor League clubs operated by the Goldklang Group (Charleston RiverDogs, Ft. Myers Miracle, Hudson Valley Renegades, St. Paul Saints, Brockton Rox and Sioux Falls Canaries).

Besides Hughes, this year's honorees include the late Tom Greenwade, who had a long scouting career for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees and signed Mickey Mantle. Greenwade, who died in 1986, also gave Branch Rickey the definitive scouting report that made him decide that Jackie Robinson was the player best suited to integrate the Major Leagues.

Greenwade and the Phillies' Marti Wolever will be honored this season in St. Paul. Honored at Hudson Valley will be Joe McIlvane (Minnesota) and Joe Rigoli (St. Louis). Honored at Brockton will be Rene Mons (Milwaukee) and Roland Johnson (New York Mets). Honored at Ft. Myers will be Al Goldis (long time scout), and John Barr (San Francisco). Honored at Sioux Falls will be Hughes and Bob Fontaine (Toronto). Honored at Charleston will be Tom Burns (Toronto) and Howard McCullough (Arizona).

The formal inductions will take place on six different dates to be announced.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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