(FISHKILL, NY) - Chris Pittaro, of the Oakland Athletics will be inducted into the Professional Scouts Hall of Fame (SHOF) on July 1, 2012 at Dutchess Stadium. Pittaro will join the prestigious group of individuals who have embraced the scouting profession with great honor and success throughout their careers.
Criteria for induction includes a minimum of 20 years of pro scouting experience, with selection based on a combination of quantifiable success in the field, contributions made to the game in other areas of the sport whether professional or amateur, and importantly, their involvement and dedication to the local community that is honoring them through induction.
Pittaro, who is entering his 22nd year with the Oakland organization, recently took the position as the Special Assistant to the General Manager at the start of the 2012 season. Prior to being named to his new position, Pittaro served as Director of Professional Scouting for five years. He spent the previous six seasons as National Field Coordinator after serving as an Area Scout and National Crosschecker with the Athletics since 1991 (full bio below).
"The honor of inducting scouts that have given their lives to this profession and the game of baseball remains a tremendous privilege," said Tyler Tumminia, Senior Vice President of The Goldklang Group. "Over the past five years, the SHOF has transformed from an idea into an initiative that is widely lauded within the industry. We are proud to continue this tradition of celebrating the careers of these deserving and distinguished scouts."
Pittaro will be inducted into the Scouts Hall of Fame Sunday, July 1, 2012 prior to the Hudson Valley Renegades home game versus the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Special Assistant to the General Manager
Chris Pittaro enters his 22nd season in the Oakland organization, his first as a
special assistant to the general manager. Prior to being named to his new position,Pittaro served as director of professional scouting for five years. He spent the previous six seasons as national field coordinator after serving as an area scout and national cross checker with the Athletics since 1991.
Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1982 June First Year Player Draft, Pittaro made his major league debut with the Tigers in 1985, batting .242 in 28 games. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1986 and spent parts of the '86 and '87 seasons on the Twins big league roster. He retired during the 1988
Pittaro attended the University of North Carolina from 1980-82 before signing with the Tigers following his junior season. After he retired as a player in 1988, he enrolled in Rider College in New Jersey where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in finance in 1991, graduating Summa Cum Laude. The 50-year-old Pittaro is a native of Hamilton, N.J., where he still lives with his wife, Lisa. He has three children.
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