By John Perrotto
November 21, 2001
PITTSBURGH–After nearly a three-month search, the Pittsburgh Pirates found a new scouting director late Tuesday night.
The Pirates hired Ed Creech to replace Mickey White, who was reassigned to a special assignment scouting job with the club on Sept. 1.
Creech, 50, spent the past three seasons as an assistant to the general manager with Los Angeles. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing all of the Dodgers’ amateur scouting and made the selections during the amateur draft.
Creech has also been a scouting director with Montreal (1994-97) and St. Louis (1998). Creech was the Expos’ scouting director when current Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield was their minor-league director.
“We worked together for seven years in Montreal, and I have great respect for Ed,” Littlefield said. “He is an outstanding talent evaluator and has plenty of experience as a scouting director.
“Ed just has everything you would want in a scouting director. He has great common sense for the game of baseball, he is personable and he works well with people. I feel very fortunate that we can bring him into the organization.”
In all, Creech spent 22 years in the Montreal organization, beginning with a six-year stint as a minor-league player from 1973-78.
Creech returned to professional baseball as a coach for the Expos’ Triple-A Calgary farm club in 1982. Creech also managed in the minors with the Expos from 1983-85 and 1990-91 while serving as an area scout from 1985-91. He was promoted to East Coast scouting supervisor from 1991-93 before becoming scouting director in ’94.