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A scout's life in Colombia

Longtime baseball man tells how the Latin American country has a passion for the game

Originally Published: January 20, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The Casa De Abuela, or "Grandmother's House," is a $60-a-night hotel in Turbaco, a community outside of Cartagena, Colombia. It is where Mike Toomey, the Kansas City Royals' special assistant to the general manager, stays rather than at a nearby Hilton Hotel for $300 a night "because I like to be among the people, I like to feel the heartbeat of the city."

Two months ago, Toomey looked across from Grandmother's House and saw a 10-year-old boy throwing an imaginary baseball during recess ...

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