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11/08/2006 4:34 PM ET
Atlanta Braves announce new hires in scouting staff
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced today six new hires for the scouting staff of the Baseball Operations Department. Included among the new hires are Jerry Jordan, who will serve as a Cross-Checker; Mike Spiers, who will be a Scout in the Southern California area; Brian Hunter, who will be a Scout in Southern California; Don Reynolds, who joins as a Scout in the Pacific Northwest; Lloyd Merritt, who becomes a Professional Scout on a minor league assignment; and Paul Gibson, who will act as a Scout in New York.

Jordan has scouted for over 25 years and is a former national Cross-Checker with the Cleveland Indians.

Spiers, who is known in the international baseball community, has previously been the head coach of the Ecuador National Team for six years and also coached the U.S. National Team in 20 Pan American tournaments. He also has directed camps in Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador and Cuba. Recently, he spent four years as a Latin American scout for the Seattle Mariners. In addition, he coaches the ABD Bulldogs traveling team that has produced 100 professional and 300 collegiate players.

The thirty-eight year old Hunter was originally drafted by the Braves in the eighth round of the 1987 draft. He is coming from the Washington Nationals organization where he also scouted Southern California. In a 10-year major league career, including part of five seasons with the Braves most recently in 2000, he compiled a .234 average with 67 home runs and 259 runs batted in as a first baseman and outfielder. As a Brave in 238 games, he hit .234 with 27 home runs and 100 runs batted in. He also played for Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Seattle, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Reynolds, 53, is a former outfielder for the San Diego Padres in 1978-1979. He formerly served as Farm Director and Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Montreal Expos as recently as 2001. Reynolds played 87 games with San Diego, hitting .242 with 16 runs batted in.

Merritt, 73, is coming out of retirement to scout for the Braves. A long-time manager and scout in the big leagues, the right-handed pitching Merritt's lone major league season came in 1957 when he appeared in 44 games with the St. Louis Cardinals compiling a 1-2 record with seven saves and a 3.31 earned run average.

Gibson, 46, will be making his scouting debut with Atlanta. He spent parts of eight seasons in the majors as primarily as a left-handed relief specialist for Detroit, New York Mets and New York Yankees. He had a career mark of 22-24 with 11 saves and a 4.07 earned run average in 319 career games.

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