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Shockingly, Bob Uecker was not the best scout in the history of baseball

Bob Uecker

FILE - In this July 7, 2003 photo, Milwaukee Brewers’ radio announcer Bob Uecker works during a baseball game between the Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park in Milwaukee. A Wisconsin appeals court on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, rejected a defamation lawsuit filed against the Brewers and Uecker. The lawsuit filed by Ann Ladd of Prospect Heights, Ill., claims she has been unfairly portrayed as Uecker’s stalker. Last month, a separate Wisconsin appeals court upheld the restraining order against Ladd. She argued that preventing her from attending Brewers games violated her constitutional right to travel, but the court disagreed. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Bob Uecker is one of the finest announcers baseball has ever seen. He created an iconic role as Harry Doyle in the “Major League” movies. He parlayed an otherwise insignificant playing career into an asset as a pitchman. He starred in a sitcom that, by the low standards of the era in which it aired, was actually pretty good. It is not hyperbole at all to call Uecker a “great.”

But he was not the greatest scout baseball has ever seen. Not by a longshot:

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That is taken from the Uecker documentary MLB Network is running tonight at 7PM called “Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker.” Based on that, I feel like my theory of documentaries -- that ones about people who failed in some cases are far better than ones about people who knew nothing but success are kind of boring -- still holds.