Blue Jays hire Scouts

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are pleased to announce
the following appointments to the scouting department for the 2009 season.

    PERRY MINASIAN has been named Major League Scout. The 28-year old, was
most recently a Major League Advance Scout for the Texas Rangers the past two
seasons. Perry brings 21 years of baseball experience to the organization,
having served as a batboy for the Rangers from 1988-96, then serving as a
clubhouse attendant from 1997-2002, before moving into a scouting role in 2003
as a Staff Assistant.

    STEVE SPRINGER has been appointed to the position of Professional Scout.
The Long Beach, California native spent the past six seasons with the Arizona
Diamondbacks, the last four as a National Crosschecker. The 47-year old,
played 14 seasons of professional baseball, collecting over 1600 hits,
including parts of two seasons in the majors, with Cleveland (1990) and the
New York Mets (1992).

    BOB FONTAINE will join the Blue Jays as a National Crosschecker. In his
37th season working in baseball, he spent the last five seasons as the Seattle
Mariners Vice President of Scouting. Fontaine was awarded the Roland Hemond
Award from the Society for Baseball Research (SABR) in 2006 for his
meritorious service to scouting. The veteran baseball man now has the
distinction of having worked for both the Blue Jays and Montreal Expos (West
Coast Supervisor, 1982-86).

    RICK INGALLS has been appointed to the position of Area Scout,
responsible for Southern California. The Long Beach California resident was
recently a National Crosschecker for the Seattle Mariners the past four
seasons. A former draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in 1973, Ingalls brings
25 years of scouting experience to the organization.

    MARC TRAMUTA has been promoted to the position of Professional Scout. He
previously was a National Crosschecker for the club and has been with the Blue
Jays since 2003. The Dunkirk, New York native was responsible for signing five
players in the Blue Jays system currently, including 2007 pick Justin Jackson
selected 45th overall in Round 1A (compensation round).

    HARRY EINBINDER has been hired as Assistant, Baseball Research. The New
York, New York native first joined the Blue Jays in the ticket department in
2005, and was recently an intern in baseball operations last season. Einbinder
also spent part of 2007 working for the Mexican Baseball Academy.

For further information:

For further information: Toronto Blue Jays Communications Department,
(416) 341-1303 or 1302

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