Mariners scout Frank Mattox dies

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pro scout and one-time Seattle Mariners director of player development Frank Mattox has died at age 49.

The Mariners announced Mattox's death on Monday morning. According to the team, Mattox passed away at his Peoria home on Sunday night.

Mattox had spent 18 seasons in the Mariners organization. He was promoted to scouting director in 1998 and was named director of player development in 2004. In 2008, Mattox asked to go back to scouting and had worked as a major league scout ever since.

Mattox, who played seven years of minor league ball in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, is survived by his wife and three children.