Mel Didier was old school. When he scouted for high school or college kids for an upcoming draft, his bottom line was simple. “Padnah, you look for what a young man can do,” he said. “Anybody can find things he can’t do. When you are talking about a sport where hitting .300 is success, you know there’s a lot of failure along the way.”
No man would argue with Didier, who passed away on Sunday night at his home in Phoenix. In more than 60 years in professional baseball, from his days as a part-time scout while he was coaching high school and college football, to his emergence as one of the most astute evaluators in baseball, Didier earned the respect of his peers.