LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Bob Bishop, the area scouting supervisor for the Royals, has been named the West Coast Scout of the Year by Major League Baseball.

Bishop was honored, along with the two other area winners and the international winner, Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

"It's a great honor for me," Bishop said. "I mean, all the scouts I've seen in the past, Joe Stevenson, Jesse Flores, I always looked up to them. It's a great honor to be given this great honor."

Bishop has been scouting for 36 years, including the past 14 with Kansas City. He previously scouted for the New York Mets (1971-80) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981-94). Among the Major League players signed by Bishop are 1992 National League Rookie of the Year Eric Karros, pitcher Tim Scott and infielder Matt Howard.

"It's obviously a great honor anytime you're recognized by your peers, especially scouting people, who really have a deep respect for the grass roots of the game," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "It's very special, and we're obviously proud of Bob and happy for his family."

Bishop's professional career as a player included stints in the Giants and Mets organizations from 1962 through 1971. In his first professional season, Bishop struck out 20 batters in a nine-inning game for Class A Lakeland, and the following year he pitched a no-hitter for Double-A Springfield.

Bishop and his wife, Palma, have a daughter, Pam, and a son, Robert.

The Scout of the Year program was founded in 1984. Each year, the scouting directors from each organization submit the names of active scouting personnel with 25 years of experience in a full-time capacity.

In August, the list of nominees is sent to all Major League scouts, who vote for candidates from one of three regions: East Coast, Midwest and West Coast.