Gordon Lakey, the Phillies Director of Major League Scouting, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Dallas Green Award, the club announced today.
Lakey joined the Phillies on December 7, 1998 and has been in his current role for 16 years. Prior to his time in Philadelphia he spent 11 seasons with the Blue Jays from 1986-97 where he worked under Pat Gillick, first as a special assignment scout then as special assistant to the vice president and general manager.
"I have known Dallas for over 35 years and to be honored with an award bearing his name is very special, given all that he has accomplished throughout the game," said Lakey. "He has been a mentor to so many, including myself, and I am truly grateful for that. I would never have been able to win this award without the individuals I have had the privilege of working with in my 16 years here with the Phillies."
Each year the club presents this award to an amateur or professional scout who best exemplifies the Phillies' standard for scouting while demonstrating the same loyalty, work ethic, dedication and passion as the award's namesake. The award also recognizes the scout's ability to judge not only a player's talent, but also his character and heart.
"The Phillies were fortunate when Ed Wade hired Gordon," said Green. "He was a tireless worker - still is - and has contributed greatly to the successes of his clubs with his astute evaluation of players."
The 2014 Dallas Green Award will be presented on September 26, prior to the 7:05 game against the Atlanta Braves. The award is named after Green, who this year celebrated his 60th season in professional baseball, 44 of which have been with the Phillies.