I'm Dan Evans, Toronto Blue Jays scout, SMWW mentor, SABR Board member, Baseball Prospectus Advisory Board, MLB expert
Dan Evans's Bio:
Dan Evans' 30-year career in all aspects of professional baseball enables him to yield experienced, solid advice and render an opinion as an authority of the game that he loves. Evans, who began his career as an intern, has been in decision-making roles with five MLB franchises spanning over three decades. A former General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Evans is now with the Toronto Blue Jays, and also serves as a mentor to Sports Management Worldwide students. His unique perspective is a distinct advantage, as Dan Evans is the only former General Manager of a MLB club who also led a baseball representation firm.
Dan Evans is current and focused with Major League, minor league, Japanese, international, independent, and amateur baseball. He has the second-best winning percentage for GM in Dodger history and during his tenure as Dodger GM oversaw the two most productive consecutive drafts in MLB history, including All-Stars Matt Kemp and Russell Martin, along with James Loney and AJ Ellis. Evans has an extremely versatile skill set with enthusiasm and an excellent work ethic.
Evans currently evaluates baseball talent all over the world and oversees Pacific Rim Operations as part of his responsibilities for the Toronto Blue Jays organization and also serves as a mentor for Sports Management Worldwide's "Baseball GM and Scouting" on-line course.
Dan Evans' Twitter account - @DanEvans108 - was recognized by Forbes as among the "Top 100 Must-Follow Sports Business Twitter Accounts," recently selected by BaseballAmerica as one of the "Top 50 Baseball-Related Twitter Accounts," has been recognized as "Who to Follow" by Twitter, Top Prospect Alert, and Bleacher Report, and was named among "30 Must Follow Twitter Accounts for Baseball Fanatics" byMashable.
Dan Evans' LinkedIn profile was among the Top 1% viewed in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Dan Evans was an author of "108 Stitches," a column for Baseball Prospectus prior to joining the Blue Jays.
Dan Evans is a pioneer in the use of technology to analyze baseball, an original board member of the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, has been a SABR member his entire career, and is a regular contributor on numerous television entities, radio shows, Internet sites, and podcasts across North America.
Dan Evans's Experience:
Commissioner at Northern LeagueMarch 2013 - November 2013 | Pasadena, CA
Chief Executive Officer of the League, fully responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the League and growing its brand, focusing on adding franchises and ownership for the start of play in May of 2014.
President/CEO at Paragon Sports InternationalNovember 2007 - March 2011
Oversaw Pasadena-based representation firm on a daily basis. Developed and led execution of company's game plan that resulted in substantial growth in brief span of time. Positive changes for agency included global growth for group that had been merely regional in scope. Earnings in first 18 months exceeded previous levels for entire span of company and assembled heralded draft classes. Company known as West Coast Sports Management until 2010. Expanded internationally into Japan, Korea, Latin America.
Special Assistant to the General Manager at Seattle MarinersMarch 2004 - November 2007
Involved in all facets of the Mariners' baseball operations, reporting directly to GM Bill Bavasi, with emphasis on player procurement, along with Major League and professional scouting, amateur and international scouting. Oversaw the club's professional scouting staff in final season and evaluated entire minor league system.
Executive VP/General Manager at Los Angeles DodgersJune 2001 - February 2004
Responsible for all aspects of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Baseball Operations, approximately $140 million in overall scope. Elevated the Dodgers' ranking among MLB organizations to #2 after inheriting a 28th ranked team. The 2nd best career won-lost percentage ever (.546) by a Dodger General Manager. Completely rebuilt the Dodger organization while still competing on a high level, elevating a franchise ranked 28th overall when assumed the GM responsibilities to #2 in brief span. Oversaw the most productive consecutive drafts (2002-2003) in MLB Amateur Draft history. Executed the rebuilding while also being the architect of the first Dodger division title team in nine years and responsible for assembling the bulk of the roster of the Dodgers' two winningest teams in a 13-year period. Club established franchise records in pitching and defense while Dodgers' team 3.16 ERA in 2003 led by the widest margin in National League history. Restored the Dodgers as a force in the International market with signings of future big leaguers from Japan, Taiwan, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and other nations. Reestablished the Dodger baseball image, and brought numerous franchise legends back to the organization.
On-air Baseball Broadcaster/Analyst at Fox Sports Net ChicagoFebruary 2001 - May 2001
Provided on-air analysis for Chicago Cubs' televised games on the team's cable network. Work included on-site along with in-studio. Primarily worked with on-air talent Chip Caray.
Baseball Operations Consultant at Chicago CubsDecember 2000 - May 2001
Assisted Cubs' General Manager in all aspects of Baseball Operations, including responsibility for contract negotiations and salary arbitration preparation and presentation.
Assistant General Manager/Director of Baseball Operations at Chicago White SoxJanuary 1981 - October 2000
Decision-making role as club's Assistant GM/Director of Baseball Operations culminated 19-year contribution to organization, and rose through the ranks, beginning as intern while college junior. Named Organization of the Year and captured American League Central Division title in final year. Pioneered use of computer in statistical analysis for field and front office staff, including Hall of Fame GM Roland Hemond and Tony La Russa. Named #1 GM prospect by Baseball America after the 1999 and 2000 season.
President/CEO at Evans Baseball ConsultingApril 2011 - Present | Pasadena, CA
Responsible for all aspects of representation, evaluation of potential players, all contract negotiations, and any other baseball-related or sports consulting issues. Advised key players in 2011 and 2012 First Year Player Draft.
Columnist & Advisory Board Member at Baseball ProspectusJanuary 2012 - Present | Boulder, CO
Author of popular column "108 Stitches" that examines baseball in-depth from the unique angle of a former GM. Member of website's Advisory Board, making strategic recommendations in both business and content matters. Also appear on podcasts and chats, make appearances on behalf of website.
Mentor at Sports Management WorldwideOctober 2013 - Present | Portland, OR
Mentor for "Baseball GM and Scouting" online, 8-week course that provides solid foundation for individuals seeking a career in baseball operations. Course includes extensive discussions regarding scouting, administration, evaluation, salary negotiation, player development, and awareness of the amateur and international game.
Major League scout / Director of Pacific Rim Operations at Toronto Blue JaysFebruary 2013 - Present | Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Evaluate MLB and minor league talent across the game while also overseeing the organization's Pacific Rim operations. Also strategically focusing on the Blue Jays' organization and the World Baseball Classic.
Dan Evans's Education:
DePaul University1978 – 1982Concentration: Communications/Political Science
Lane Technical HS1974 – 1978
Dan Evans's Interests & Activities:
Family, friends, fun, baseball, sports, running, history, chocolate, traveling, DePaul University, music, SMWW, SABR, Chicago Blackhawks, my dogs, and the Toronto Blue Jays.