Saints To Induct John Mirabelli Into Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame Presented by Killebrew Root BeerST. PAUL, MN August 24, 2013
ST. PAUL, MN (August 24, 2013) – The life of a scout can often be thankless and arduous. They spend weeks at a time away from their families in towns and cities difficult to find on a map. The role of the baseball scout is often overlooked by the casual fan, but not undervalued by the people who they work side-by-side with. The St. Paul Saints will induct current Cleveland Indians Senior Director of Scouting Operations John Mirabelli into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame, presented by Killebrew Root Beer, in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, August 24.
Mirabelli’s long career in baseball began when he became an area scout for the Detroit Tigers after the 1990 draft. He served in that role from 1990-1996 before becoming the South East Supervisor in 1997. The Pittsburgh, PA native was then promoted to National Crosschecker in the Tigers scouting department, a role that he held for two seasons. During that nine year span, Mirabelli helped in drafting two pitchers, Matt Anderson and Jeff Weaver, that reached the Major Leagues in their first professional seasons. He was also influential in the signing of 1997 sixth round pick Brian Moehler.
Mirabelli left the Tigers organization to become the Cleveland Indians Director of Scouting in 2000. He eventually worked his way up to the role of Assistant General Manager in Cleveland, a position he held from 2002-10. Mirabelli began his current role as Senior Director of Scouting in 2011.
The 52-year old Mirabelli, in his 14th season in charge of Cleveland’s Scouting Operations Department, has taken on an expanded role in acquiring international talent for the club. The Indians have a heavy scouting presence in Latin America and the Pacific Rim with evidence of that coming from the recent signings of amateur players from the Dominican Republic, Taiwan, and Japan.
In addition to scouting, Mirabelli assists Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti in all player acquisitions dealing with both the 40-man Major League roster and the minor league system.
He also oversees and assists Brad Grant, the Director of Amateur Scouting, with the First-Year Player Draft each season. The Indians have put together a number of highly touted draft classes in recent years, including being chosen as putting together the best MLB Draft by Baseball America in 2010.
Before beginning his career in scouting, Mirabelli played collegiately at North Carolina State University before going overseas to play professionally in Italy. After two seasons in Italy he returned to his alma mater, serving as the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator from 1985-90.
He and his family currently reside in Westlake, Ohio. His son, Tommy, recently completed his freshman season at Kansas University after also being selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of high school.
Along with Mirabelli, three other scouts were inducted into the PBSHOF by the Goldklang Group, the ownership group of the Saints. The Charleston RiverDogs honored Paul Snyder (Braves) on June 14, the Fort Myers Miracle honored Mike Russell (Detroit Tigers) on August 8 and the Hudson Valley Renegades inducted Don Kohler (Major League Scouting Bureau) on June 30.
This unique honor is given to those who exist at the very foundation of player development for the Major Leagues. The inductees will be commemorated with bronze plaques, designed by the acclaimed US Bronze, and placed on display at the four minor
league clubs operated by the Goldklang Group.
In the last six years the Goldklang Group teams have honored over 60 professional baseball scouts. In 2008 the Saints inducted Phil Rizzo (L.A. Dodgers) and Hep Cronin (Atlanta Braves), in 2009 they honored Tom Greenwade (Brooklyn Dodgers and N.Y. Yankees) and Marti Wolever (Philadelphia Phillies), in 2010 they inducted Ken Stauffer (Tampa Bay Rays), in 2011 they enshrined Terry Reynolds (Cincinnati Reds), and last year Al Avila ( Detroit Tigers) received the honor.
Tickets for Saints home games are $5 for general admission, $8 for outfield reserved and $12 for infield reserved. Tickets purchased on the Day of the Game are an additional $1 per ticket. Children under the age of 14 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don't require a seat are free. Tickets are available by contacting the Saints ticket office at 651-644-6659 or visiting saintsbaseball.com.