Blue Jays Hire Two New Scouts

TORONTO- The Toronto Blue Jays have hired Mike Berger and Jim D'Aloia as Professional Scouts for the 2006 season. Berger and D'Aloia will concentrate their efforts on examining players from opposing clubs above the Class AA level, including all Major League players.

Berger, a 43-year-old native of Pittsburgh, has scouted for Montreal, Houston and Colorado over the past ten seasons, spending each of the last three years with the Rockies. Between 1993 and 1995, he coached in the Texas minor league system, spending one season (1995) as the manager of the Charleston Riverdogs, then the Class A affiliate of the Rangers in the South Atlantic League. A former catcher, Berger was drafted in the fourth round of the 1980 draft by his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent 13 seasons in the minor leagues with Pittsburgh, Montreal and Texas. During that time he batted .262 with 91 home runs and 458 RBI.

D'Aloia is making his return to baseball after serving previously as the Chief Financial Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, based in his home state of New Jersey. Born in Jersey City, the 47-year-old was a 33rd round selection of the New York Yankees in the 1980 draft. He spent two seasons as a player in the Yankees' minor league system before being named as the Infield Instructor for the Yankees entry in the Gulf Coast League in 1982.

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