“The things I learned from the beginning I think are still important. Number one; treat people with respect.” – Frank Marcos
Born and raised in California Frank Marcos learned the game of baseball from his Dad and always wanted to be a part of it. When the playing was over and it was time for business Frank jumped in with both feet.
He started out in Player Development and then segued into scouting. After a long stint with MLB’s Scouting Bureau Marcos found himself at the helm for almost 20 years.
In this episode, Frank shares the journey of his life in baseball and some of the things that got him there and continue to keep him striving to learn more.
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Frank shares with us in this episode:
- How to get started in the baseball biz
- Some of the changes in the game over the past 20 years
- The importance of technology in today’s game
- Keeping your options open and always learn
- And much, much more!
How We Met
I won’t get into the complete details of the first time I spoke with Frank as it is a bit emotional for me. Let me just say that within 5 minutes of meeting this man and telling him my situation. I was met with kindness, compassion, and empathy to say the least. It was 2010, and I was in Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic for MajorLeague Baseball’s Scout School. It is essential for me to tell you that you can’t sign up for this incredible learning experience like an online college course.
The MLB Scouting Bureau puts this on once a year and only allows the 30 MLB organizations to sponsor 2 candidates. I was fortunate enough to get the Oakland A’s approval on the third attempt in as many years.
The amount of joy I had when learning of my acceptance was immense. The issue I had was that I had to pay for it myself. I was happy to do so in theory. However, I was not pleased about the amount I needed to come up with on short notice. This is where when Frank heard about my situation he made sure that I did not let it interfere with my learning over the next two weeks and assured me that we could work out a payment plan to make it easier for me. WOW! I was floored.
I was able to learn without the stress thanks to Franks understanding and trust in me. He had no reason to at all. He didn’t know me. It was all I needed to focus on the course and getting a job as a scout shortly after. Sometimes all people need is a little belief from another person and they can stay on their path to achieving any goal they set. I didn’t know why Frank was so generous and caring at that moment. We have kept in touch the past almost 10 years and speak on the phone pretty regularly. I now realize that is just the type of person he is.
Love the Game. Live the Dream