Everything you ever wanted to know about scouting but were afraid to ask

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Today is Acquaint Readers with The Jobs of Real Baseball Professionals Day.

Earlier it was beat writers. Now: scouts. In the form of a very long yet very interesting look at what scouts really do by Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score.

It’s complicated in places, but highly illuminating, focusing on how a scouting report is actually complied, but throwing off a lot of interesting random observations as well.

Yes, we’re sort of in teaching mode today, but forgive me. My kids are back in school now so I’m sort of in that mood.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.