PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks issued the following statement on Gary Hughes, a professional scout for the organization who passed away earlier today following a 54-year career which included time as the Expos’ scouting director, the Marlins’ Assistant GM and induction into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.
“Gary’s impact on the game of baseball was exceeded only by the number of friends he made throughout it. He was a member of the Giants, Mariners, Mets, Yankees, Expos, Marlins, Rockies, Reds, Cubs and Red Sox organizations before joining the D-backs and it was an honor to have a legend like him be part of our family for two seasons. His distinguished five-decade career produced not only a number of Major League players -- including Delino DeShields, Kevin Millar, Mike Redmond and Greg Colbrunn -- but he was also involved in the scouting of football legends John Elway and John Lynch prior to them switching sports. More than anything, he was a tremendous person, a great storyteller and a friend to everyone whose path he crossed. He will be missed by so many and our thoughts are with his family including his sons, Sam and ‘Rock,’ who carry on his legacy in the game.”