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10/28/2008 6:28 PM ET
Mariners announce pair of additions in baseball operations
Vice Presidents Bob Engle and Lee Pelekoudas to remain with club
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SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that Tony Blengino and Tom McNamara will be joining the Mariners Baseball Operations department. Zduriencik also announced that current baseball operations staff members Lee Pelekoudas and Bob Engle will remain with the club.

"The process of reorganizing the Mariners baseball operations staff is on-going," Zduriencik said, "and will probably take at least another three weeks. As a part of that process, I am excited to be able to add individuals the caliber of Tony and Tom to our staff, and pleased that Lee and Bob will continue with us. Exact titles for Tony and Tom will be determined once the structure of our department is finalized."

Blengino, 45, spent the last six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers organization, including the last three years as the assistant scouting director under Zduriencik. In that position, he assisted the scouting director in all aspects of amateur scouting and was directly responsible for scouting in Canada and the independent leagues.

Prior to joining the Brewers in 2003, Blengino was a Certified Public Accountant and served as the CFO of the National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley in Philadelphia. He also authored the book "Future Stars," an annual scouting and statistical review of minor league prospects. He is a member of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research).

Blengino graduated from St. Joseph's University in 1985 with a degree in accounting. A native of Magnolia, NJ, Blengino and his wife, Kathleen, have two children: daughter Jessica and son Anthony.

McNamara, 43, is rejoining the Mariners scouting department. He was previously an area scout for the Mariners from 1994-2000, covering the Northeast. McNamara also played one season in the Mariners organization, appearing in 50 games for the Bellingham Mariners in 1988.

McNamara has 15 years of experience as a full-time scout. He spent the 2008 season as the Milwaukee Brewers East Coast cross checker. Prior to that he was a pro scout with the San Diego Padres for five seasons (2003-07). As an area scout for the Brewers during the 2001-02 seasons, McNamara scouted and signed All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder.

Pelekoudas is in his 29th season with the Mariners. He was promoted to Associate General Manager on Nov. 1, 2005 and served as the club's interim GM from June 16-Oct. 22, 2008.

Engle, the Mariners Vice President of International Operations, oversees all aspects of the Mariners international scouting. The Mariners originally hired him on Jan. 28, 2000. He had spent the previous 24 years with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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