Astros mourn passing of former scout Matthews

HOUSTON -- A moment of silence was held prior to Tuesday's game at Minute Maid Park following the death of Walt Matthews, who served the Astros as a scout, Minor League manager and Minor League player from 1961-2012. He was 72.

Matthews' 50-plus years of continuous service are the most in franchise history.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Walt Matthews, who played a significant role in the Colt .45s/Astros organization for more than 50 years," the team said in a statement. "During his distinguished career in baseball, Walt developed a reputation as one of the top scouts in the game, with a keen eye for evaluating talent.

"He was seen as larger than life by his peers, as a mentor to many young scouts, and as a great friend. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Walt's wife, Vicky, his entire family, and his many friends throughout the game and beyond."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.