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October 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Mariners name Tim Kissner to head international operations

Tim Kissner, a scout with the Cubs, has been named the Mariners new director of international operations, replacing Bob Engle.

Engle, who held the position for nearly a decade, resigned on Oct. 5, while Patrick Guerrero, the team’s Latin American coordinator, was fired.

Ben Badler of Baseball America first reported the hiring of Kissner over the weekend. Kissner spent the last two seasons as the West Coast crosschecker for the Cubs. He worked the previous decade for the Phillies (2000-2010), including a stint as their Pacific Rim coordinator from the end of 2008 through 2010. He also scouted the Northwest and Southern California for the Phillies. He began his scouting career with the Indians as an area scout in 1999-200.

Kissner was born in Homer, Alaska, grew up in Juneau, and played baseball at Mendocino Junior College and Oregon State. Here’s a story from juneauempire.com from when the Cubs hired him. Here’s another feature story on Kissner with good background. With the Phillies, one of the players Kissner signed was Kyle Kendrick from Mount Vernon H.S.

“Tim is a high-energy guy with 14 years of scouting experience,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a press release. “He is a nice addition to our organization, with a strong ability to evaluate and supervise, paired with a very strong work ethic.”

Kissner will oversee all aspects of the Mariners international scouting operation, including all international scouts. The release said he will “work hand-in-hand with the Mariners player development department once international players are signed.”

“I am very excited to join the Mariners organization,” Kissner said in the release. “I am looking forward to getting to work immediately; in fact, I leave for the Dominican Republic tonight.”

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