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Staff hirings official

The Mets officially announced the hirings of Chad MacDonald as scouting director and Dick Scott as minor league field coordinator.

Here's the official team release:

The New York Mets today named Chad MacDonald Amateur Scouting Director and Dick Scott Minor League Field Coordinator.

MacDonald, 40, was the Director of International Scouting for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the previous two years. His responsibilities included scouting amateur players in Latin America, Europe and Asia. MacDonald also scouted players for the First-Year Player Draft. From 2006-2008, he was the Assistant Director of Scouting for the Diamondbacks.

Prior to joining Arizona, MacDonald spent six years as a scout, including three seasons (2003-2005) with the Los Angles Angels and three years (2000-2002) with the Cleveland Indians. He was named Topps’ Scout of the Month during the 2001 and 2005 seasons.

Scott, 48, spent last season as the Houston Astros’ Minor League Field Coordinator. Scott was the Toronto Blue Jays’ Director of Player Development from 2001-2009. A former infielder, Scott began his coaching career as a minor league manager in the Oakland Athletics organization in 1991. He was named the 1994 Minor League Manager of the Year by USA Today Baseball Weekly. Scott also earned Arizona League Manager of the Year honors in 1991, and was the Northwest League Manager of the Year in 1992 and California League Manager of the Year in 1994.

Scott was originally drafted in the 17th round of the 1981 draft and played 10 seasons in the Yankees and Athletics organizations, appearing in three regular season games with the 1989 World Champion Oakland Athletics.