Lon Joyce, Dodgers’ longtime scout, has passed away at the age of 72.
Joyce was a successful high school, American Legion, and junior college scout in North Carolina and had been with the Dodgers since 1992. He is a member of both the NJCAA Hall of Fame and the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. While head baseball coach at Spartanburg Methodists College from 1978 to 1991, Joyce led the Pioneers to seven conference titles, five NJCAA Region 10 championships, and two NJCAA World Series appearances while setting a record of 473-170.
He was Region 10 Coach of the Year four times (1982, ’83, ’84, ’86) and Eastern District Coach of the Year twice (1983, ’86). Most importantly, he took 115 of his players to four-year colleges or universities and 45 players signed professional contracts under his direction (six played in the MLB).
Joyce (who played baseball at Western Carolina University) was the scout responsible for the Dodgers who signed a number of players who made it to the major leagues, including Corey Seager, Edwin Jackson, Jonathan Broxton and Kyle Farmer in the first round of 2012 while they played Georgia and the Carolinas. The Dodgers recognized Joyce’s contributions by selecting him and former player Ron Cey to represent the team at MLB’s 2017 draft in New York.