OAKLAND—No prescribed method for breaking into baseball existed, so Sam Geaney paved his own road to the Athletics front office.
While an undergraduate at California, Geaney set up a website where he provided scouting reports on players in the high Class A California League. He traveled the circuit, talking with scouts and evaluators, just getting his name out there.
That creative method helped Geaney, a political science major, land an internship and ultimately a full-time job with the A's.
Geaney's rise continues. Oakland named the 26-year-old its coordinator of international scouting on Jan. 5. "I'm thrilled to be able to work with our guys, to be out in the field and continue to learn as a scout," he said.
The A's have high expectations for Geaney.
"Sam will be a tremendous asset in his new role," scouting director Eric Kubota said. "He basically has been training for this job his whole life. Not only is he very strong administratively, but he has proven to be a strong evaluator as well. He has great passion for the game and scouting, specifically, and he won't be outworked."
Geaney definitely was not outworked during the summers of 2003-04. The former Berkeley (Calif.) High catcher had moved on to Cal, trading his shinguards for a clipboard as he viewed and evaluated prospects.
"I treated it as if it was my job," Geaney said. "I tried to soak it up—get out early, try to absorb as much as I could. It gave me an excuse to sit behind the plate."
Sitting behind the plate meant a chance to meet and speak with professional scouts, a group that can be clannish at first, then embracing as they recognize a kindred spirit.
Geaney rose to full-time scouting assistant in 2007, helping Kubota with duties in the office, but he gradually got more time in the field. The A's promoted him to coordinator of scouting in 2009, and he spent the past two springs helping to cross-check players, a job he says allowed him to grow as a talent evaluator.
• Geaney replaced Dan Kantrovitz, who left the organization to become amateur scouting director for the Cardinals. Kantrovitz spent two years in the role and revitalized the club's international presence.
• The A's hired Ron Marigny as Midwest scouting supervisor, a role he previously held with the Angels. Trevor Ryan, a member of UCLA's coaching staff last year, joined the A's as a Southwest area scout.