By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Los Angeles Dodgers scout Mike Brito has passed away. He was 87.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet.
Brito is the man credited with signing team legend Fernando Valenzuela. He also helped the team sign current pitcher Julio Urías and former player Yasiel Puig.
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The Dodgers made the announcement that Brito had passed away before hosting the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. The team held a moment of silence for him.
The team said that he passed away in a Los Angeles hospital.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened by the passing of legendary international scout Mike Brito, who worked in the Dodger organization for nearly 45 years and passed away this evening at the age of 87,” the team said in a tweet. “Our thoughts are with Brito’s family and friends.”
Before joining the Dodgers front office, Brito was a minor league player. He was a part of the Washington Senators’ minor league system from 1955 through 1961.
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He also played baseball professionally in Mexico.
“My heart is very heavy,” said Valenzuela, who works as a broadcaster for the team. “Mike was a great man and instrumental in my success as a baseball player on and off the field. No one loved the Dodger organization more than Mike and we will all miss him very much.”
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