Major League Baseball announced this morning that former Expos and Mets general manager Omar Minaya has been named a league consultant who’ll focus on amateur scouting initiatives. According to the press release, Minaya will “advise MLB’s Baseball Operations Department regarding both domestic and international scouting initiatives” and “represent MLB with key stakeholders across amateur baseball and at industry events.”
“Omar is a highly respected figure across our sport who will help shape our future initiatives in the amateur space,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement within today’s press release. “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.”
Minaya, 63, broke into baseball operations as a scout with the Rangers in the mid-1980s. Most notably, he served as GM in Montreal from 2002-04 before rejoining the Mets (where he’d been an assistant GM) as their general manager from 2004-10. From there, he’d go on to work as a senior vice president of baseball operations with the Padres and eventually as a senior advisor to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark. Most recently, Minaya has again been working with the Mets — first as a special assistant to Sandy Alderson and then in an ambassadorship role.
“For four decades, scouting has been a true passion of mine,” Minaya said in a statement of his own. “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.”