Part of the problem is that scouts are an almost invisible part of the game. "Their contributions are not really noticed and therefore get overlooked, but they absolutely are deserving of inclusion," says the New York Mets' vice-president, Joe McIlvaine. "It may be a clich�, but nothing is truer in baseball: Scouts are the fiber of the game."
At least one member of the board of directors agrees. "I personally think they should be eligible," says former American League president Lee MacPhail. "I think it would be quite simple for the board of directors to change the wording of that statute."
It's time the Hall gave scouts their due. Until then, how about a decent exhibit honoring the men who beat the bushes to find the talent? That's the least they deserve from baseball's national shrine.
Free-lance writer Jay Feldman is a frequent contributor to " Sports Illustrated."