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As a player, Scott Brosius felt the joy of being part of a a World Series dogpile. As a coach, he’s also been able to celebrate the dogpiles of winning an NCAA championship and also winning gold with Team USA.
And in his new role as USA Baseball’s senior director of player development, he wants to prepare the next generation of players for future dogpiles.
“The goal is to paint that picture. In baseball or out of baseball in life to have true success we have to serve something bigger than ourselves,” Brosius said. “That’s what playing for the team and making it about the guys around you is about . . . We would like to add to that thinking that true fun in the game is when it’s all said and done you’re in the dogpile with the guys around you celebrating all that work and sacrifice.”
Brosius had been the Mariners’ third base coach for the past two seasons. Before that he spent one year as hitting coach at Triple-A Tacoma. He coached at Linfield College in Oregon for eight seasons and led them to the Division III national title in 2013. Brosius was also the manager of USA Baseball’s 18U team that won gold medals in 2011 and 2012.
As a player, Brosius spent 11 seasons in the major leagues with the Athletics and Yankees. He was an all-star in 1998 and won a Gold Glove at third base in 1999. He was MVP of the 1998 World Series.
”When we envision where our athletes want to go, Scott has not only been there, but he has the coaching and developmental aspect as well and the passion,” USA Baseball’s chief development officer Rick Riccobono said. “ We felt he was a strong candidate to fill this role. It’s certainly helpful that he’s managed USA National teams in the past as well.”
USA Baseball recently announced a significant expansion of its Prospect Development Pipeline initiative, replacing the one-week Tournament of Stars program that helped pick the 18U National Team (filled with the top high school draft prospects for the next draft) with a three-week, more intensive program that will be housed at the IMG Academy. Now USA Baseball has announced an addition to help drive that program.
USA Baseball officially announced Brosius in his new role on Jan. 3. It’s a new role that didn’t exist at USA Baseball before and is a sign of the organization’s commitment to its newly expanded Prospect Development Pipeline. Brosius will be on the field as the field coordinator for the 18U Prospect Development Pipeline League this summer. He will also work with all of USA Baseball’s other national teams as well.
“(For the 18U team) the model before with TOS and a week of trials. Everything in terms of our evaluation was based on competition. There was very little time to talk about skill development and leadership skills–things that would make guys better players, better teammates and better leaders,” Brosius said. “I see (the new system) as a win-win for everybody. For USA Baseball we have a chance to identify and evaluate for the national teams in a deeper, longer setting. We will get to know the guys personally. For the colleges and pro organizations I think they will be getting a more prepared person.”
Brosius will be working with all of USA Baseball’s national teams. He said he hopes to help further develop a cohesive system so that players who advance from one U.S. national team to the next will see a cohesive thread running through all of USA Baseball’s programs.
“This is a multi-prong thing with what we’re doing. A big part of this is our national teams and striving for excellence on the field. It is with the goal of coming home with a gold medal. Along with that there is a bigger picture and those two things are connected. As we become better leaders and better teammates we become a better team,” Brosius said.