September 3, 1987: Larry Doughty, the Reds director of scouting, resigns. Doughty believed there was a lack of organizational commitment by Reds owner Marge Schott to scouting and the development of young players.
Over the next year, the blue-ribbon scouting department created by Bob Howsam had largely been stripped of its best talent. By December 1988, eight of the Reds top scouts had left the organization, many venting their frustrations at Reds ownership on the way out the door.
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