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9 Things To Know About MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel: Part II

Today, he discusses his most trusted "scout," his kitchen skills and a baseball sitcom television pilot he's written

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s Part 2 of this introduction to Kiley McDaniel, Items 6-9. Part I was published Wednesday.

Kiley McDaniel
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ESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel joined ESPN in 2020 to focus on prospects, the draft, free agency and more. In March, McDaniel debuted his first Top Prospects series on ESPN+, ranking the best up-and-coming players and teams in Major League Baseball.

In Part I, McDaniel told us about his life both in and outside of work, including information about his new book and his upcoming wedding.

Today, he discusses his most trusted “scout,” his kitchen skills and a baseball sitcom television pilot he’s written.

Four Things To Know TODAY About ESPN’s MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel

Scout likes being namechecked. (Kiley McDaniel/ESPN)

6. I have a dog named Scout.
She’s a two-year-old rescue Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab mix. She’s a ball of energy that loves people and craves attention, food, and to murder chew toys. Lennie points out that we actually have two dogs as she brought a dumpster mutt named Poe into my home and begrudgingly (from both sides) into my heart.

7. Scout has already scanned the book for mentions of herself.
She’s in there a few times (more than my fiancée, who was my girlfriend at the time, which has been noted). Scout was sitting next to me on the couch while I wrote the book.

8. I cook a lot when I’m at home. My best dishes are burrata and smoked salmon sourdough toast with goat cheese. We make a lot of stuff in our newly remodeled kitchen, but the burrata and salmon toast are the two dishes we’ve made so many times, we’ve dialed them in.

9. I wrote a pilot for a TV show about what it’s like working for a baseball team.
It started as a baseball-based form of The Office – it’s called The Front Office – but expanded to include the players, clubhouse, remote-working parts of the scouting departments and took on more a dramatic tone . . . but there’s plenty of comedy because that’s what it’s like working just about anywhere in this industry. Since we are all running out of TV to watch, someone should really make it, right?

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