Rafael Avila has been a very successful scout.
Born in Cuba, he was involved in a group that plotted to kill Fulgencio Batista. He later joined Fidel Castro's revolution but soured on that movement and came to Miami, FL. He was later involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion attempt.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Avila as a scout in Latin America in 1970. He became heavily involved in the Dominican Republic. He occasionally worked with the Licey Tigers and the Dominican national team.
Avila helped form the baseball academy system in the Dominican Republic and also helped in creating the Dominican Summer League. He worked closely with Epy Guerrero, another legendqry latin scout, on these projects.
He coached for the Dominican Republic in the 1992 Olympics.
In 2006, Major League Baseball named him the International Scout of the Year.
As of 2011, Avila is the Dodgers' Senior Scouting Advisor, Dominican Republic.
Avila is the grandfather of Alex Avila.