Retired New York Yankees Scout and Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson resident to visit Cleburne Railroaders and share his lifelong experience
BURLESON – Being a major league baseball scout is certainly an exciting job, and not many people have had such an amazing opportunity.
Mark Batchko, resident of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson, was a scout based in Arlington for one of the most well-known baseball teams in the world – the New York Yankees – in addition to being a former minor league ball player himself.
Whenever he reminisces about baseball he has a smile on his face, and he often dons his Yankees jacket.
To honor his career and love of baseball, Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson is arranging a special visit for Batchko to tour the Cleburne Railroaders stadium (1906 Brazzle Boulevard in Cleburne).
Batchko, 63, is also living with early onset dementia, and this will be a particularly meaningful visit.
Batchko is counting down the days until his visit to the stadium on October 12 at 11 a.m. when he will share stories of his career, photos and advice with the president of the organization, the management team and the coaches of the Cleburne Railroaders.
While growing up, Batchko admired his father – who played baseball as well – and he knew that once he was old enough, he also wanted to dedicate his life to baseball.
As a minor league catcher, he played for the Niagara Falls Pirates and Wisconsin Rapids Twins. As a scout for the New York Yankees,
Batchko was known for his ability to spot talent on the field, and he signed Slade Heathcott, Sean Henn, C.J. Henry, Austin Jackson, Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCuthen, Kevin Russo, Matt Smith and Kevin Thompson.
This story was contributed by Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson.