MLB announced that longtime executive Omar Minaya will serve as a consultant for amateur scouting. He will specifically advise the league’s baseball operations department regarding both domestic and international scouting initiatives, and represent MLB with key stakeholders at industry events.
“For four decades, scouting has been a true passion of mine,” Minaya said in a statement. “It is an honor for me to assist Major League Baseball to ensure the scouting industry remains the lifeblood of this game. As baseball evolves, scouting has changed, and I’m excited to be part of how the industry moves forward in scouting players.”
After a brief playing career, Minaya joined the Texas Rangers’ scouting department in 1984, where he had a role in the signings of future All-Stars Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.
Minaya spent nearly a decade with the Rangers before taking a job in the New York Mets front office. He was promoted to assistant general manager, but left the organization in 2002 to become general manager of the Montreal Expos.
Minaya was the first Latino general manager in MLB history and led the Expos to back-to-back winning campaigns. He returned to the Mets in 2005 and served as their GM through the 2010 season.
Minaya also worked for the San Diego Padres as senior vice president of baseball operations from 2011-15. His other ventures include being a senior adviser to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark and a third stint with the Mets.
“Omar is a highly respected figure across our sport who will help shape our future initiatives in the amateur space,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “We are pleased that he will provide his scouting expertise and experience as a senior executive with multiple MLB Clubs. We welcome Omar and look forward to his contributions.”
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