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12/10/2008 5:51 PM ET
Dodger scout Gib Bodet honored as West Coast Scout of the Year
Bodet will be honored at event tonight in Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS -- Los Angeles Dodgers National Crosschecker Gib Bodet was named West Coast Scout of the Year by the Scout of the Year Foundation, it was announced today. While Bodet was recognized on Monday at the Baseball Winter Meetings Awards Luncheon, he will receive the award, in the form of a ring, at the Scout of the Year dinner tonight.

"I'm so thankful that the industry and Gib's peers have chosen to honor him. He has dedicated his life to his wife of 50-plus years, Jean, his country while serving in the U.S. Army, and the Dodger organization," said Dodgers Assistant General Manager of Scouting Logan White. "He isn't only a first rate scout but a first class person."

Bodet joined the Dodgers in 1979 as an area scout, a position he held until 1991, when he was promoted to West Coast Supervisor. He was again promoted to National Crosschecker in 1998, the position he holds today.

Prior to joining the Dodgers, Bodet was an area scout for the Kansas City Royals (1978-79), the California Angels (1977-78), the Montreal Expos (1975-76), the Detroit Tigers (1974-75), and a bird dog scout for the Boston Red Sox (1969-73). He also served in the U.S. Army (1953-56) and fought in the Korean War. After his tour he joined the Army Reserve, serving from 1956-61.

During his 39-year career in scouting, Bodet is credited with scouting and signing such players as: Eric Karros, Dave Hansen, Alan Wiggins, Jason Thompson, and Mike Munoz, among others.

In prior recognitions, Bodet has received the Topps Scout of the Month Award three times (August 1980, July 1989, and July 1990). He won the Dodgers' Minor League Scout of the Year Award (1989), and the Distinguished Southern California Scouts Association Award for Service Recognition (1994-2004).

The Scout of the Year Foundation serves to honor veteran scouts for their accomplishments in Major League Baseball. Their awards program salutes the positive actions of the scouts who dedicate their lives to baseball. The Scout of the Year program was founded in 1984 by Tony Pacheco, Jim Russo, and Hugh Alexander, while the Scout of the Year Foundation, the group that administers the program, was founded in 1998.

Past Dodger honorees include Ralph Avila, International Scout of the Year (2006), Carl Loewenstine, East Coast Scout of the Year (2005), and Dale McReynolds, Midwest Scout of the Year (1987).

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