The National Baseball Hall of Fame has finally given credit where it was due, to the people who make the sport tick. Year after year and generation after generation, scouts have been the life blood of Major League Baseball.
All of the players that you see in the big leagues, and the countless others in the minors and in the various leagues around the world, get looked at by scouts. They travel thousands of hours every year just hoping to find the next Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds or Bryce Harper.
But while those are marquee players you can look at and see they have superstar written all over them, scouts also have to separate the wheat from the chaff in the high school, collegiate and minor league ranks.
With the new scouts section at the Hall of Fame opening this week, a great addition has also been made to the Hall of Fame's website, called Diamond Mines.
This special site presents scouting reports and signing information on players dating back decades. What we wanted to do is have a little fun with this database, by taking a look at the 10 best players from this generation of baseball and what the scouting reports said about them.
We are looking at the entire body of work, not what they might do, so you won't see names like Harper, Mike Trout, Matt Harvey etc. here. We want to talk about players like Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
The names on this list can still be active or have recently retired (within the last five years, dating back to 2008).
Note: All scouting reports courtesy of the Diamond Mines section of the Hall of Fame website, while all stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com. For reasons "completely unknown" the reports for Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez are not on the site, so that is why they are not on the list.