The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the passing Thursday of the team’s legendary international scout Mike Brito at the age of 87.
Brito spent nearly 45 years in the Dodgers organization.
“Our thoughts are with Brito’s family and friends,”The Dodgers announced in the announcement that they would be partnering with the Dodgers. Social media.
Brito is remembered as the man who wore a Panama hat and smoked cigars, but was always armed with a radar gun to protect his home plate.
Brito wasn’t only iconic for of his presence at Dodger games, but also because of his contributions to the organization.
As the team’s top scout in Mexico, Brito helped bring Fernandomania to Los Angeles by discovering future rookie of the year and Cy Young award winner Fernando Valenzuela.
“My heart is very heavy,”The Associated Press quoted Valenzuela. “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.”
Brito also had a helping hand in the team’s most recent World Series Championship with the discovery of Julio Urias, who was on the mound for the final out of the club’s championship in 2020.
Brito helped bring more than 30 players to the big leagues, including outfielder Yasiel Puig, infielder Juan Castro, and pitchers Victor Gonzalez, Antonio Osuna, Dennys Reyes and Ismael Valdéz.
The AP reported that Brito was born and raised in Cuba. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1969. Rosario, Brito’s wife, and Minerva, his daughters, are his surviving family members.