​Derrick Ross
Major League Baseball Scout

​I spent 15 years of my career as an amateur baseball scout for two MLB teams – the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers. In my most recent position, I covered a 22 state territory. That meant a lot of time on airplanes and in rental cars, driving to and from baseball fields all over the country, often late at night or first thing in the morning. I’ve driven through towns with no traffic lights, on stretches of highway – like the drive from Columbus to Cleveland – intensely dark, in every weather condition (even winter), and through busy cities like New York, Chicago and Boston.

On average, I would dock about 30,000 miles each year in a car that often times was not my own. So vehicles were quite literally my mobile office, which meant I tended to be much more aware of my surroundings. Lighting became paramount since about 70 percent of the time I traveled after dark. I would leave a night game in one city and get right back on the road again, logging a couple hundred miles so I could be within range for the next day’s game in a different city. I saw some pretty crazy things on those trips – I even came across a baby cow wandering down a dimly-lit two-lane highway on my way back to Chicago after an in-home visit with a ball player who lived in central Illinois!

There was nothing quite like being a baseball scout. Baseball is my passion and I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to do it for so long. But I don’t always miss those late night drives alone in rural or desolate areas in rental vehicles that weren’t equipped with the same headlight technology I have on my personal vehicle. The peace of mind that comes with good visibility, for those of us who have worked The Light Shift, is critical.