Hard to believe that Johnson is the last Orioles manager to lead the team to a winning season, isn't it? I thought Dan Connolly made an excellent point in his weekly column last week about the Orioles reluctance, at least in the past, to sink much of an investment into their global scouting. I saw it first hand a few years ago when I went to the Dominican Republic to write a story about Sammy Sosa after the Orioles traded for him. Supposedly things are getting better under MacPhail, but at the time, the Orioles were one of one a few teams that did not have a real baseball academy in the DR. It was ridiculous. Their scouts were being asked to compete against teams that actually had real facilities, while most of what they had was subpar at best. The team (Angelos actually) said in February of 2004 that they were investing $2 million in a new facility in San Pedro de Macoris that included three new fields and a place for players to eat and sleep in safety. I was there more than a year later. Nothing had changed. That was three years ago. I honestly don't know if it's changed since then. If it has, I'd be happy to point it out. So if anyone from the Orioles is reading this, feel free to tell me about the progress that's been made in the DR. Because I've heard the "we're making progress" stuff before. Right now, in the DR, the next Manny Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols, Pedro Martinez or David Ortiz is 13 years old. Think the Orioles will discover him when other teams have more scouts and better resources to look for the same thing?