Diamondbacks hire Singer as scout

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks hired former New York Mets scout Bill Singer, who was fired 15 months ago for racially insensitive conduct.

Singer reportedly made fun of the Chinese language after asking Los Angeles assistant general manager Kim Ng questions about her background during a general managers meeting in Phoenix in November 2003.

Diamondbacks scouting director Mike Rizzo said Tuesday he had no qualms about Singer, who was hired last week along with former Houston scout Bill Weaver. The team also hired scout Chris Bando.

"We took all that into account, but I've known Bill for a long time,'' Rizzo said. "He's a man of character. He recognized that he made a mistake and tried to make amends, and we're prepared to move on. He's a good scout, a good baseball man, and we're glad to have him.''

Singer, a two-time 20-game winner during his career, joined the Mets as a special assistant to general manager Jim Duquette on Nov. 6, 2003 -- only 12 days before he was fired. He spent the 2003 season in the same position with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He will be one of Arizona's seven major league scouts.

"He'll continue to live in Florida and be reporting to me from there,'' said Rizzo, who has known Singer since they were area scouts in the South in the 1980s.