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01/16/2009 1:35 PM ET
Pirates hire Bill Lajoie as senior advisor
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have hired Bill Lajoie as a Senior Advisor. In his role, he will assist General Manager Neal Huntington and the baseball operations department in the areas of professional scouting, trade consultation, player acquisition and roster moves.

The 2009 season will mark Lajoie's 56th in baseball as a player, coach, scout, front office member, and Major League General Manager. He spent the last three seasons as a Senior Advisor with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position to which he was appointed on March 1, 2006. Prior to joining the Dodgers in 2006, Lajoie worked for the Boston Red Sox baseball operations department as Special Advisor to the General Manager/Scouting from 2002-05.

Before his tenure with Boston, Lajoie spent two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers as Senior Advisor/Baseball operations in 2001-02. Prior to that, he was a special assistant to Braves General Manager John Schuerholz from 1993- 2000 after joining the organization as a Major League and special assignment scout in 1991. During his time with the Braves, the team won nine division titles, five National League pennants and a World Championship in 1995.

Lajoie spent 23 years in the Detroit organization from 1968-90, including seven seasons as Vice President/General Manager from 1984-1990. In his first season as General Manager, the Tigers won the World Series in five games over the Padres, while the 1987 team he assembled captured the American League East Division title. Prior to ascending to the GM position, Lajoie was Detroit's Vice President/Assistant General Manager (1979-83), Director of Player Procurement (1975-79) and Coordinator of Scouting (1974).

After joining the Tigers as a scout in 1968, Lojoie served as manager of the Tigers' Rookie-level Bristol affiliate in 1969. He began his baseball operations career as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds from 1965-68.

Lajoie played outfield with the Montreal Royals and St. Paul Saints, both Dodger Triple-A affiliates, in 1957 while on loan from the Baltimore Orioles. He returned to the Dodger farm system in 1960 to play for the Atlanta Crackers, a Double-A affiliate, and in 1961 for the Omaha Dodgers, a Triple-A affiliate in the American Association.

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