They may look like a bunch of old men, the usual lawn chair crowd. Think again.
Your idea of the pro scout being the only one interested in your abilities and that position that you're hold down is not what it may seem.
For example, there are many reasons for watching your abilities, and just as many reasons for those watching NOT to be pro scouts alone. In the lawn chair chorus are retired scouts - both affiliated and independents, who are there because they sense a buck to be made by offering their professional opinion(s). Then there are those that because of friendships and favors in the past, offer their opinions because they were asked to. Then there are amateurs who watch and advise the pro scouting regional or area scout of talent that's worth watching. It's that last one that's very helpful to the business. Scouting offices and their ranks can't be everywhere, so a lot of them depended on contacts that they've made along the way to help out. I often depended on such people.
Ok, so what direction is all this taking us? Well, the pro ball environment is not the only game in town. There are colleges and university's, amateur associations and clubs that actively look for the best that they can get - any way and at any time. I've have courtesy calls to look at youngsters as young as 15. While looking at a particular player, It's been my experience to not only noticed another player besides the one I was originally look at, but the player that I was originally observing would have made a much better position player elsewhere. Hence, my observations and narration followed suit.
The point that I'm trying to make here is this - be the best that you can be both on and off the field. Don't do things off the field that detract from what you do on the field. And when on the field, act like a gentleman. Respect your teammates, your competition, and always respect the official representatives of baseball - umpires. With respect to umpires, regardless of the call(s), show no emotion of dissatisfaction. By following these simple, yet effective recommendations, you'll be showing one or two people that are watching -for a reason, that you're worth sticking their neck out for.