D-backs hire Berger as farm director
Former pro scout takes over role vacated by Hinch
SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs hired Mike Berger to be their director of player development Monday, ending a search that began when they moved A.J. Hinch from that role to field manager one month ago.
"We are pleased to add Mike to our leadership team," D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement. "His experience as a player, instructor and evaluator will serve him well in his new position."
Over the past four seasons, Berger has been a pro scout with the Blue Jays. Prior to that, he served in the same capacity for the Rockies from 2003-05.
In his 30 years of professional baseball experience, Berger has a wide variety of experience. He was a Minor League player from 1980 to 1993 in the Pittsburgh, Montreal and Texas organizations. He then moved into coaching and managing in the Minor Leagues.
Berger moved into the scouting department with the Expos in 1996 where he served as an area supervisor through 1998. He became East Coast crosschecker in 1999 and assistant to the general manager in 2000. One year later, he was named director of professional scouting.
Berger moved to the Astros organization in 2002 as a pro scout and then was with the Rockies in a similar capacity from 2003 to 2005 before joining the Blue Jays.
Assistant GM Peter Woodfork had been filling Hinch's role since he took over as manager.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.