AROUND TOWN: Scranton Native Getting World Series Ring

December 16, 2018
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AROUND TOWN: Scranton Native Getting World Series Ring

For Scranton native Paul Fryer, it was as sweet as it gets. In October, the 58-year-old global crosschecker for the Boston Red Sox was in Dodger Stadium with his 14-year-old son, Logan, when the final out was made as the Red Sox won the World Series. Satisfying? In many ways, but particularly one. Fryer, who was hired away from the Dodgers in 2015, will receive his first World Series champion ring. “I’ve been chasing that ring for 30 years scouting,” Pryor said from his Southern California home. “It was a little surreal. A lot of things have to go right. “What was interesting is I was with the Dodgers for a nine-year period.” During that time, Fryer was national crosschecker, following a minor league playing career that took him as high as Triple-A, then working as a scout once his playing days were over, for the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and then the Dodgers. “My first year with the Dodgers we took (Clayton) Kershaw, (Corey) Seager, (Clay) Bellinger, (Joc) Pederson, all guys I was involved with when I was there.” Yasiel Puig and Julio Urias, too, and the Puig signing was part of a special time for Fryer. “Puig, you think about it now, is in the last year of the deal we signed him to,” Fryer said. “What was great about that, it was the best three or four days of my scouting career. “We signed Puig on that trip in Mexico City, then went to Oaxaca, Mexico, to sign Julio Urias. I flew back to L.A., and the next day we signed Corey Seagar. That doesn’t happen very often. It was pretty much the backbone of that team with Bellinger and Kershaw. It was a good run in L.A. while I was there.” Doesn’t top a World Series ring, though. “When does a team win that many games, play the game the right way and win. Someone at some point is going to go into a slump,” Fryer said. “You win 108 games, you’ve got to be doing something right. Just a lot of talent. Just special to watch. “We were relentless. And we beat the two best teams in baseball in the Yankees and Houston, to get by (the Dodgers). “Us playing them, it was pretty good.” While there is no true offseason for scouts, this time of the year is a little slower. Fryer will board a jet — what’s become his other office — and head to Philadelphia at the end of the month to see high school talent at an indoor facility. “You really try to meet the players,” Fryer said. “There’s a huge investment now in players. Some of the high school kids, I might not get to see them in the spring.” He’ll be busy scouting the Dominican Republic, or Asia, or college players, wherever he needs to be to make sure Boston gets its most bang for the buck from its 42nd overall pick in the draft. “Picking 42nd in the first round, that’s a good challenge to have,” Fryer said. “That means our team winning at the major league level.” Jetting from coast to coast — and around the globe — doesn’t mean Fryer’s forgotten about his hometown. His mother, Marilyn, lives here and just celebrated a birthday, and Fryer still counts his hometown friends among his closest. “Scranton is like the greatest town,” Fryer said. “I have a ton of friends back there. Best friends. “You have friends in Scranton, you have friends forever.” Roaring Who’s on the cover of the Penn State women’s basketball Media Guide? None other than Dunmore’s Kayleigh Semion, who also celebrated her 22nd birthday Friday. Belated best wishes from all of us here. Plus one Turning just a little bit older, too, is a favorite of everyone in the sports department. Wallenpaupack golf coach Bob Simons — the winningest coach in state history — will be 70 on Tuesday. His age still doesn’t come close to the number of golf tournaments he’s won in an illustrious playing and teaching career. Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5437; @mmyersTT on Twitter

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