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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

November 23, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Mariners add three scouts

As Jack Zduriencik continues to put his imprint on the Mariners, the club announced today the hiring of three new pro scouts — John Stearns and Todd Greene, both former major-league catchers, and Bill Masse.

The three will report to Carmen Fusco, the M’s director of pro scouting.

“These new additions to the professional scouting department are excellent baseball minds who have a very unique understanding of the game,” Zduriencik said in a press release. “They all have an incredible passion for the game and a continued desire to learn and improve. They bring a sense of confidence and a work ethic that will not be matched.”

Here are the bios provided by the Mariners:

  • Stearns, 58, previously served as a scout with the Brewers (1986), Reds (1993), Orioles (1998) and Mets (2002). He also spent nine seasons as a minor league manager with the Blue Jays (1990-91), Reds (1994), Mets (2003-04) and Nationals (2006-09) winning Manager of the Year with Double-A Knoxville in 1994. Stearns also served six seasons as a coach at the Major League level with the Yankees (1989), Reds (1995), Orioles (1996-97) and Mets (2000-01). Outside of baseball, he served as an analyst for ESPN in 1992. Stearns was the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1973 amateur draft and went on to play in parts of 11 Major League seasons as a catcher for the Phillies (1 game) and the Mets where he became a four-time All-Star (1977, 1979, 1980, 1982).

  • Greene, 38, spent time with eight different organizations and played 11 seasons in the Majors with the Angels (1996-99), Blue Jays (2000), Yankees (2001), Rangers (2002-03), Rockies (2004-05) and Giants (2006). This will be his second year as a scout after serving in that role with the Padres in 2008. Last year he was the quality assurance coach for the Tampa Bay Rays where his duties including catching instruction and serving as a liaison between the scouting department and the club, including advance series preparation. Greene was originally the Angels 12th round selection in the 1993 draft.

  • Masse, 43, comes to the Mariners after serving as the hitting coach for the Mets Double-A affiliate in Birmingham in 2009. He has managed in the minor leagues with the Blue Jays (2007) and Yankees (2002-2006). He also served as a hitting coach in the Yankees system in 2001. Masse began his coaching career with the Montreal Expos (1997-2000) after his seven-season minor league career with the Yankees ended.

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