Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) Senior Advisor, Pacific Rim Operations Jim Marshall will receive the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's Legends in Scouting Award at the 12th annual "In the Spirit of the Game" banquet tonight in Los Angeles, Calif.
The award, for which nominees are selected for and voted upon by the scouting community, is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated a strong work ethic while maintaining the high standards set by scouts before them over the course of an entire career.
Marshall, 83, enters his 20th season with the D-backs (1996-present) and maintains the club's relations with baseball organizations in Australia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. His main responsibilities included introducing the D-backs to Japan and Asia, making transactions to send players to Japan and scouting players in Japan and Asia to potentially sign. Additionally, he helped prepare the organization for the 1997 Major League Expansion Draft and assisted manager Buck Showalter (1998-2000).
Marshall, who had various manager, coaching and scouting responsibilities over the years, managed current D-backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa with Double-A Wichita in 1973.
Marshall has a combined 9 years of experience at the Major League level. He played 5 seasons with the Orioles (1958), Cubs (1958-59), Giants (1960-61), Mets (1962) and Pirates (1962). He managed 4 seasons with the Cubs (1974-76) and Athletics (1979).
In 1963, he became the first American-born player from a Major League roster to sign with a Japanese team (Chunichi). Over 3 seasons with the Dragons, Marshall hit .268 (402-for-1,501) with 78 home runs and 252 RBI.
The "In the Spirit of the Game" banquet honors scouts, players, executives and managers as well as raises money to support the foundation's mission of helping scouts in need by providing emergency resources through grants to the scouts and their families. The D-backs are represented on the Board of Directors by President & CEO Derrick Hall, Special Assistant to the President & CEO Roland Hemond, who is a Founder of PBSF, and Pro Scout Bill "Chief" Gayton.