By John Perrotto
February 14, 2002
Mickey White is a Pittsburgher through and through. He was born and raised in the city and even had a stint on the cleanup crew at Forbes Field as a teenager.
However, White's dream job of working with the Pirates has ended. White was fired as a professional scout in early February after being demoted from scouting director in November.
White, credited with restocking the barren Pirates' farm system at the lower levels with three solid drafts, was not the only one let go. Special assistants to the general manager Ken "Squeaky" Parker and George Zuraw were also jettisoned along with pro scout Brannon Bonifay as GM Dave Littlefield, who took over last July, continues to reshape the front office.
Parker and Zuraw were both in their sixth decade of professional baseball; Bonifay's brother Cam was Littlefield's predecessor.
The Pirates needed to clear room in their front office for the influx of personnel from the Marlins. Al Avila, Jax Robertson and Bill Singer were hired away from Florida as special assistants to Littlefield, while Doug Strange came in as a pro scout. Littlefield was the Marlins' assistant GM before coming to Pittsburgh.
"It was a very difficult decision to let Mickey go because he is a very talented guy," Littlefield said. "It was difficult to let all of them go because they brought a lot of effort and energy to the organization."